DALLAS –(May 4, 2012) – Baron and Budd, a national law firm dedicated to Protecting What’s Right, is stepping up to help women who have suffered serious health issues from the oral contraceptives YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella. Bayer, the manufacturer behind YAZ, has recently agreed to pay at least $110 million to settle about 500 lawsuits claiming that YAZ/Yasmin caused blood clots. Hundreds of other lawsuits surrounding Bayer’s Yasmin line of oral contraceptives are still pending.

YAZ was aggressively marketed toward young women as a new, hip form of birth control that could also treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), moderate acne and other conditions. In 2008, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer, informing the company that its advertising campaign overstated the benefits and approved uses of YAZ. In April 2012, the FDA ordered Bayer to put stronger warning labels on its drugs about the increased health risks.

The most common health problems associated with YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella are: heart attack, stroke and dangerous blood clots, including pulmonary embolism.

“This is only the beginning of numerous lawsuits that have been filed about the adverse side effects of YAZ and Yasmin ,” said Laura Baughman, attorney at Baron and Budd. “Bayer even failed to recall the drugs after reports proved that the potentially life-threatening side effects of YAZ and Yasmin outweighed the possible benefits —especially when there are many other, safer oral contraceptives available.”

YAZ, its generic Yasmin, second generation incarnation Beyaz and sister drug Ocella are part of the drospirenone family drugs, a synthetic type of progesterone that is used in newer birth control pills. Studies have found that using drospirenone can lead to an increased risk of developing blood clots.

According to an April 2012 Bloomberg article, Bayer’s oral contraceptives generated $1.5 billion in sales in 2010.

Learn more about the serious side effects of YAZ on our Facebook page, YAZ Help.

Baron and Budd has been protecting the rights of consumers for more than 30 years. The firm was one the first to pursue justice for people suffering from the side effects of the diet drug Fen-Phen, and Baron and Budd attorneys helped oversee a settlement in the resulting litigation. Baron and Budd also represents more than 1,500 patients who have suffered serious health problems from the diabetes drug Avandia.

If you have suffered a serious health issue while taking YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz or Ocella, call Baron and Budd at 1.888.349.5511 for a free review of your potential case.

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a 30-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as water contamination, Gulf oil spill, Qui Tam, California Proposition 65 violations, dangerous medications and medical devices, Chinese drywall, insurance claims, commercial litigation, consumer fraud, securities fraud and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma. Learn more about the mesothelioma attorneys at Baron & Budd.