Family Files Yaz Lawsuit after Teenage Daughter Dies
The family of an 18-year-old girl has filed a lawsuit against Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that produces the popular birth control medication Yaz. The family claims that their daughter’s death was caused by her consumption of Yaz.
Michelle Pfleger was a college freshman in North Carolina at the time she died last September. Her death was attributed to cardiac arrest brought on by a blood clot. She was taking Yaz to treat her acne.
Pfleger’s family has filed a wrongful death claim against Bayer, alleging that the pharmaceutical company failed to properly warn doctors and patients that Yaz presents a greater risk of serious side effects than previous generations of birth control medications.
Yaz, along with Yasmin and its generic Ocella, are a class of contraceptives that contain the hormone drospirenone. There have been numerous studies which have linked birth control medications containing drospirenone to serious side effects including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Last month, the British Medical Journal published two studies which linked Yaz and Yasmin to a 2-3 times increase in the risk of blood clots compared to earlier-generation birth control medications.
If you have suffered an injury caused by your use of Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Pharmaceutical injury claims are highly complex, and you will need the assistance of an experienced attorney who has the resources to battle the high-powered legal teams employed by the drug manufacturers.