Over the course of the past few years, there have been a number of legal cases filed against a medication that, really, should not be attracting any kind of serious litigious scrutiny.
Over the course of the past few years, there have been a number of legal cases filed against a medication that, really, should not be attracting any kind of serious litigious scrutiny. The reason that it occurs at all is more than a little unsettling, while the reason that it should not be occurring at all is due to the fact that, in this arena at least, the science should be long settled. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case.
The medication in question is the oral birth control medication known as Yasmin, or Yaz. This medication has been linked to the development of a myriad array of side effects that are quite dangerous to those who are afflicted with them. For the women who are taking the drug, the resulting side effects could potentially be fatal, though luckily only a small number of women have died as a result of their onset.
Yasmin Gallbladder Lawsuits
At the top of the list of one of the more serious side effects of the birth control medication Yaz, is the fact that it has been linked to the onset of gallbladder disease in patients with no family history of the condition. There are two types of gallbladder disease, and the women who take Yaz birth control have a much higher rate of contracting both types of the disease than women who are not taking the birth control medication. And, unfortunately, the only course of medical treatment available to women who have contracted gallbladder disease is for invasive and complex surgery.
As mentioned, there are two types of gallbladder disease. There is the type that is directly related to the creation and retention of gallstones, which can be quite painful, debilitating and dangerous. The other type of gallbladder disease is inflammation of the gallbladder, which can be a serious medical condition for which there is no actual cure. Patients who contract this form of gallbladder disease are stuck with a lifetime of dealing with debilitating pain and complications.
Due to the nature of the serious side effects contracted by the women who are taking Yaz birth control, there have been many, many lawsuits filed seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Bayer, the maker and distributor of Yaz birth control. With the stakes so high, and the potential side effects so dangerous, it is little wonder that so many women are seeking legal recourse for taking something so innocuous as a birth control pill. Oral contraceptive pills have been around for more than 50 years, and none of the previous generations of “The Pill” pose such a range of dangers through their side effects.
In response to the many lawsuits filed against them, Bayer, the makers of Yaz birth control, have changed the advisory literature of the medication in an attempt to give stronger warnings regarding the side effects have been reported by women. There is a limited amount of time to file a claim, referred to as statute of limitations, and if you do not file your claim in time you will be barred from receiving compensation for your injuries.
Roger Johnson is the author of this article on Yaz Lawsuit 2011.
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