Beyaz is an oral contraceptive produced by Bayer that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. The pill is taken once a day in order to prevent pregnancy. Beyaz can also be used to treat moderate acne in young women age 14 and older, or to treat sufferers of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Beyaz is a generic version of the birth control pill Yaz, which contains the combination of hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. Yaz, Beyaz, and other oral contraceptives containing drospirenone have come under scrutiny by the FDA because of the serious health problems many women have experienced as a result of the pill.
Q: What are the FDA’s warnings about birth control pills containing drospirenone?
Numerous women have complained to the FDA about developing blood clots after taking drospirenone birth control pills, such as Beyaz, Yaz, and others. Blood clots can cause deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, stroke, loss of eyesight, pulmonary embolisms and even death in some cases. In 2012, the FDA issued a safety communication finding that women taking drospirenone birth control pills may have a higher risk for developing a blood clots than women taking other progestin-containing oral contraceptives. The FDA subsequently required Bayer to make labeling changes to Beyaz, Yaz, and its other drospirenone-containing contraceptives.
Q: What are the health complications related to Beyaz?
Women taking Beyaz, Yaz, or other drospirenone birth control pills may experience the following health complications:
- Blood Clots
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Heart Attack
- Gallbladder Injuries and Disease
- Loss of Eyesight
Despite the fact that Beyaz has only been on the market for a limited time, the FDA received 467 complaints about the drug during the period of September 24, 2010 to May 1, 2012. According to the FDA safety review report, there were five claims that women had died along with 130 claims that women had experienced serious health complications.
Q: Is Bayer liable?
The lawsuits involving Yaz, Beyaz, and other birth control pills are usually based on product liability. Under product liability law, manufacturers and sellers have a duty to make sure their products are safe for consumers. If manufacturers and sellers breach this duty, they could be liable for any injuries that result from a defective product. Product defects include design defects, manufacturing defects, and inadequate warnings.
In the Beyaz lawsuit actions, plaintiffs have argued that Bayer failed to adequately warn users about the risk of blood clots and other injuries associated with the birth control pill. If the plaintiffs prevail, they can be awarded damages for any lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering that resulted from their injuries.
Alternatively, if a woman died as a consequence of taking Beyaz, a wrongful death action may be filed against Bayer. In most states, immediate family members, such as parents, spouses, and children, can file a wrongful death suit against the person or entity responsible for their loved one’s death. In addition, some states allow registered domestic partners to file wrongful death actions.
Q: Do I have a medical malpractice claim?
Most of the Beyaz lawsuit actions do not include a claim for medical malpractice. However, if a healthcare provider failed to warn women about the risks associated with Beyaz or negligently prescribed the pill, the healthcare provider may be held liable for medical malpractice. For example, if a doctor prescribed Beyaz to a patient with uncontrolled high blood pressure despite Beyaz’s label warnings, the doctor could be held liable for any injuries the patient suffers as a result of the drug.
Q: What is the status of the Beyaz lawsuit actions?
A number of Beyaz lawsuits have been filed. On March 15, 2013, an offer for settlement for gallbladder injuries and disease claims relating to Bayer’s drospirenone birth control pills was made. Some of the cases have since settled, while others are still pending.
Q: How do I get assistance with filing a Beyaz lawsuit?
If you or your loved one has experienced health complications related to Beyaz, you may want to contact an attorney for assistance in filing a Beyaz lawsuit. A statute of limitations generally limits the time to pursue legal action, so you shouldn’t delay.