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The birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin are advertised in magazines and on television, but since 2001, both birth control pills have been linked to several serious side effects. Yaz and Yasmin, manufactured by Bayer Healthcare, are virtually the same kind of birth control pill, except in that they differ in the form of estrogen called ethinylestradiol. Yaz and Yasmin also contain a progestin called drospirenone, and the same kind of hormones that have been used in birth control pills since the 1970s.


Ocella is a generic alternative to Yasmin and is manufactured by Barr Pharmaceuticals. Barr originally sued Bayer for the Yaz and Yasmin patent. After a legal tug-of-war, the patent was invalidated by a federal court and Barr was allowed to market Ocella. The Food and Drug Administration authorized use of Ocella in 2008 for birth control only, but it is often given off-label to treat acne and the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Shortly after it was marketed, Ocella users began suffering from the same kinds of side effects as those of Yaz and Yasmin users.

Yaz/ Yasmin Side Effects

The side effects of Yaz and Yasmin that have been reported are serious and include:

  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart attacks
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gall bladder disease

Women who suffer from PMDD and bloating are often prescribed the progestin drospirenone. This progestin is known to cause dehydration, which can lead to blood clots and death.

Since 2004, there have been as many as 50 deaths that are linked to the side effects of taking Yaz and Yasmin. These deaths were caused by cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, stroke, and blood clots in the heart and lungs. The youngest victim was reportedly only 17 years old.

The FDA is aware of the link between these 50 deaths and Yaz and Yasmin, yet there has been no recall. As a result, the birth control pill is still advertised. They were given a full-page spread in many magazines even after the link was made and several pharmaceutical litigation suits filed.

The severe and often life-changing side effects of Yaz and Yasmin put thousands of women in danger. If you are taking Yaz or Yasmin, consult your physician to see about taking a different form of birth control.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by Yaz or Yasmin, please contact the experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC link to home for an initial consultation. We have the experience necessary to get you compensation for pain, suffering and justice.

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