Inkster Resident Sues Bayer Corporation for Injuries Caused by Defective Birth Control Pills
INKSTER, Mich., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ – On January 28, 2010, Inkster resident Ashia Moore filed the first Yaz Birth Control Pill lawsuit in Michigan against Bayer Corporation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District, as a result of injuries sustained from the defendant’s product.
Birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella (a generic) are fourth generation birth control pills, that have been associated with a higher than expected incidence of thromboemboli (blood clots) from early reports in the medical literature dating back to 2002. Defendant Bayer mis-promoted and misbranded the drug and failed to state that one of the components (progestin drospirenone) had not been adequately tested in humans to support the health claims Bayer was making. This component chemical compound actually made Yaz more dangerous than older “tried and true” birth control pills already on the market.
On October 3, 2008, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Bayer that it was engaging in misleading advertisement, and ultimately, Defendant Bayer agreed to spend $20 Million on corrective TV advertisements and to submit all future Yaz advertisement to the FDA for advanced screening for the next six years.
Unfortunately for Ashia Moore who began taking Yaz in 2004, by the time the FDA required Bayer to change its advertisements, Ms. Moore had suffered the loss of her gall bladder, developed deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in her legs, lungs and throughout her body, and was hospitalized on August 31, 2008.
According to Ms. Moore’s attorney J. Douglas Peters of Charfoos & Christensen, P.C., Detroit, Michigan, “this is one of the first major drug product liability cases filed in Michigan since Governor Engler signed legislation granting immunity to companies whose products were approved by the FDA. “Bayer’s actions surrounding the promotion and marketing of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella were so over the line, Michigan courts may not apply the drug immunity statute in this case.” Peters believes that there may be at least 40 or more other Michigan residents who have been seriously injured by Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.
SOURCE Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.