Wrongful Death Claimed in Yaz Lawsuit
Donald A. Swierenga has filed a Yaz lawsuit against Bayer over the side effects linked to the company’s controversial birth control pill on December 20, 2012. He is the husband of the late Yaz side effects victim Susan Sweirenga. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois. Experienced Yaz case-law judge David R. Herndon is presiding.
This Yaz lawsuit focuses on the wrongful death of Susan after she took Gianvi, which is a generic version of Yaz. Her use of Gianvi caused her to develop a pulmonary embolism that proved to be fatal. According to the complaint, Susan started taking the pills in August 2010, and died by January 2011. Pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots that eventually enter the lungs. The blood clots can lead to a stroke. Blood clots have long been linked to Yaz use. Other side effects linked to Yaz include heart attacks, kidney stones, gallbladder disease and deep vein thrombosis, which is also caused by blood clots.
Thousands of plaintiffs have come forward claiming that Bayer failed to properly warn them of the side effects linked to the pills, and some accuse Bayer of failing to make a safer alternative pill to Yaz while knowing how dangerous the pills are. Bayer attempted to create what the company calls a "safer alternative" to Yaz by developing Beyaz. But Beyaz is basically the exact same pill as Yaz, only with added folate. Beyaz has proven to pose the same amount of dangers as Yaz and its sister drug Yasmin. For this reason, Bayer continues to be sued by former Yaz users, and there doesn’t seem to be an end to the lawsuits coming any time soon. For its part, Bayer has agreed to reach settlements in over 3,500 cases so far and continues to negotiate more. For now, that is the closest anyone is going to get in getting Bayer to admit to liability.