What Made Yaz Different?
Yaz contained drospirenone. Drospirenone is a synthetic version of the hormone progestin. This particular hormone caused increased blood levels of potassium. Because of the higher levels, the health risks were higher than the other contraceptives. Not only were they higher, they doubled. The problems that arose were blood clots in the legs and lungs, stroke, heart attack, gall bladder disease, pancreatitis, and death.
Why The Lawsuits?
Lawsuits against Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz, came about due to the failure to inform the public of the higher risks. The FDA warned Bayer about their commercials. They said they were misleading. They also told Bayer that they had to put additional warnings on the package regarding the higher risks of blood clots and strokes.
Some woman have died due to blood clots from taking Yaz. Others claim that since they have had a blood clot from taking Yaz, they have had pain where the blood clot was located. Some have had problems getting pregnant, problems with taking blood thinners, and have had an increased risk of developing more blood clots in the future.
Lawsuits are still going on today from the use of the contraceptive. As of February 10th, 2014 they had settled about 8,250 claims for blood clots issues, 8,800 for gall bladder issues, and still have 4,600 Yaz Lawsuit still pending.