Since 2006, YAZ, a birth control pill that is administered orally, is now being connected to complications that can be potentially severe or fatal. This drug is a fourth generation birth control pill, but exhibits the same risk factors for thrombotic and clotting issues that have plagued third-generation drugs. This means that there is a greater chance of suffering from heart attacks, pulmonary embolism or strokes while taking it. Like other cases involving large pharmaceutical companies, there is mass tort involved. This is another way to describe a single wrong committed by a party that causes injury to many people.

Anyone who has been treated with YAZ and later was stricken with a stroke, heart attack or other clotting issue should seek out a successful personal injury lawyer to find out what options are available. Not every state handles mass tort the same way, so an advisor in the field is a valuable ally. Finding a law firm that specializes in mass tort and personal injury is the only way to effectively pursue compensation for needless drug injuries.

Concerns regarding YAZ are not new. Regulators from the U.S. reprimanded the manufacturer of the product for quality control infractions, and agents with the FDA found multiple problems at the pharmaceutical company’s testing facility in Germany. Since then, the company has been required to modify some of its claims about the substance’s efficacy in treating other conditions, acne and PMDD specifically. The FDA found that the business was overstating the benefits that could be derived from the product for these conditions, and that it wasn’t appropriate to treat them using this product. Even though it is still available for purchase, this birth control method is not recommended for those looking to mitigate acne or menstrual related conditions.

What makes this drug potentially dangerous is the hormone drospirenone. While it isn’t harmful in small amounts, regular doses of drospirenone can spike the levels of potassium in the body, which may cause heart arrhythmia. These palpitations may precede heart attacks or strokes that can paralyze, cause brain damage, pulmonary embolisms and more. For women who take YAZ, the risk of dangerous blood clotting is six to seven times higher than those who do not take any birth control. Drospirenone is twice as likely as levonorgestrel based products to cause clotting. The product can be particularly dangerous for women taking other drugs that may affect the level of potassium in the body. Ace inhibitors, angiotensin-II receptor agonists, potassium supplements, aldosterone antagonists, NSAIDs and diuretics that do not filter potassium out are among the substances that can interact badly with YAZ.
This birth control pill has been involved in thousands of lawsuits, and new cases are popping up all the time.


One, that potential complications associated with the pill were deliberately understated to deceive users.

Two, that the manufacturer did not adequately research the substances used in the treatment.
Three, that the manufacturer did not recall the drug once the risks became known, even though other oral birth control methods on the market were considered safer.

Disclaimer: Do not stop taking a prescription medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death. Cases may be referred to another attorney or law firm.