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Schlichter Bogard & Denton Files Yasmin/Yaz Lawsuit

Date Released: 07/24/2009

St. Louis, MO – The attorneys at Schlichter Bogard & Denton, L.L.P., filed suit this week in Iowa federal court against Bayer alleging that Bayer’s oral contraceptives Yasmin and Yaz are defective and present an increased risk of injury to women. Their client represents her daughter who at the age of 23 died suddenly of multiple bilateral pulmonary embolisms after using Yaz for only 8 months. The client’s daughter was engaged to marry her high school sweetheart.She had also just graduated from college and was to start her first post-graduation position a scant three days after her sudden death.An avid swimmer, plaintiff’s daughter was named to an All American Swim Team three times and gave swim lessons through the American Red Cross. She is survived by her fiancé, parents, two siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The lawsuit alleges that Bayer failed to warn the client’s daughter and their physicians of the increased risk of injury, while over-promoting the benefits of the drugs. In October of 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Bayer a warning letter objecting to its television ads claiming that Yaz has additional benefits compared to other oral contraceptives. The FDA’s letter warned that Yaz actually has additional risks because it contains the progestin drospirenone. The warning prompted an agreement for Bayer to spend $20 million on corrective ads.

Both Yasmin and Yaz have been associated with heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke and even death in young women.

Schlichter Bogard & Denton attorneys Roger Denton, Kris Kraft and Beth Wilkins are experienced in litigating dangerous birth control product liability cases.Mr. Denton, Ms. Kraft and Ms. Wilkins are also vigorously litigating suits against the makers of Ortho Evra and NurvaRing in addition to Yasmin/Yaz. Schlichter Bogard & Denton are lead attorneys on the NuvaRing MDL.

Currently only a handful of Yasmin/Yaz cases across the country have been filed against the manufacturer.Not only are Mr. Denton, Ms. Kraft, and Ms. Wilkins pioneers in these suits across the country, they are also leading their firm’s Yasmin and Yaz litigation and expect to file additional lawsuits in the coming weeks.

Media Contact: Kristine Kraft Schlichter Bogard & Denton, L.L.P. Phone: 314.621.6115

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