Yaz Complications Caused Need for Gallbladder Removal, Plaintiff Charges
A woman recently decided to file a Yaz lawsuit against Bayer because she developed gallbladder disease allegedly from using Yaz, and was forced to have her gallbladder surgically removed as a result. The plaintiff’s cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) took place on January 4, 2012. She filed her lawsuit on August 21, 2012 in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, and the case was added to the coordinated proceeding there.
Gallbladder disease can be extremely painful, and following the removal of the gallbladder, the patient frequently needs to follow a restricted diet and undergo lifelong medical monitoring.
The plaintiff’s lawsuit brings counts of negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of implied and express warranties, product liability, and fraudulent concealment.
Yaz and Yasmin linked to many serious complications
Yaz was introduced in 2008 as a new version of Yasmin, which had been introduced in 2001. Both contraceptives contain a progestin called drospirenone, which has been linked to many dangerous side effects including blood clots, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, gallbladder disease, and death. A study recently published by the University of British Columbia also found evidence that women who use Yaz have a greater risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome than women who use other contraceptives. Click here for more about Yaz related side effects.
More than $400 million paid out to plaintiffs in Yaz litigation to date
Many lawsuits have been filed by women who allegedly suffered side effects resulting from Yaz. In addition to the coordinated proceeding in California, thousands of lawsuits were consolidated in a Yaz MDL in Southern Illinois, which is being overseen by Chief Judge David R. Herndon, as well as in a multicounty litigation (formerly called a mass tort) in New Jersey.
Bayer has already paid out more than $400 million in Yaz settlements, and the company has announced that it has set aside more than $600 million for future settlements. This would bring the total amount to more than $1 million. However, some industry analysts believe that Bayer may end up paying out as much as $2.5 million in settlements by the time all the lawsuits are settled.