Terry L. Damm has a filed a Yaz lawsuit, claiming that the controversial birth control pill caused her to develop gallbladder disease that eventually forced her to have her gallbladder removed.
Damm’s lawsuit was filed on February 3, 2012, in the Superior Court for the State of California — the same day as another woman's, Kristina Bishop’s, who filed her lawsuit for the same reason. Both of the women’s lawsuits are claiming that Bayer, the makers of the controversial birth control pill, failed to properly warn them of the dangers linked to the drug.
In Damm’s complaint, the 37-year-old is claiming she had to undergo surgery on March 8, 2010, to remove her gallbladder, and she is blaming Yaz for her condition. Research has proven that gallbladder disease is directly linked to Yaz use in some patients. Other serious side effects are also caused by Yaz. Those side effects include heart attacks, strokes and blood clots that can lead to pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis.
For its part, Bayer continues to maintain that its pills are no more dangerous than other birth control pills that don’t contain drospirenone, the main ingredient in Yaz and Yasmin. Because blood clots have been linked to Yaz, the FDA held a panel advisory meeting; however, the panel voted that the benefits outweighed the risks in taking Yaz. This decision by the panel caused a controversy when it was discovered that some of the panelists had financial ties to Bayer. This link has caused many people to call for a new panel meeting to be held, but so far, that announcement hasn’t come. Until it does, patients will continue to file Yaz lawsuits in the hopes of holding Bayer liable for their injuries.