Searcy Denney has filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a Bradenton woman for injuries sustained by the mother after ingesting Yasmin and Ocella for nearly two years.
The individual claim was filed in the Manatee County Circuit Court in Bradenton, but will likely be transferred to the multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings pending in East St. Louis, Illinois.
The MDL was established in 2009 following several scientific reports linking use of these popular birth control medications with an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, sudden cardiac death, pulmonary emboli, and gallbladder disease. The warning labels for Yasmin, Yaz, and Ocella include information about the risks of developing blood clot-related injuries, but fail to adequately warn patients that these particular drugs are more risky than other available birth control products. The warning labels also fail to adequately warn of the risks of gallbladder disease in patients who ingest these drugs, which contain a unique progestin – drospirenone. The MDL proceedings in East St. Louis are proceeding at an expedited pace with millions of pages of documents being produced by Bayer and Berlex as well as a number of employees being deposed. Trials are expected to occur in 2012.