Contribution Article by Jon Barron
In the early 2000s, YAZ® hit the American market in a huge advertising blitz claiming that YAZ® was not only the primo, number-one birth control pill in the world (backed by studies), but also offered the additional benefits of eliminating acne and reducing the effects of PMS/PMDD. And in fact, YAZ® is still promoted that way on its website. Unfortunately, YAZ® comes with a host of side effects - all blithely laughed off at the end of the ads by young women admiring the wisdom of their friend, the "doctor." And women responded (to the buy part, not the warning part) so much so that YAZ® quickly became the top selling birth control pill in America and Canada. It's now a few years down the road, and many of those women wished they had paid more attention to those laughed-off warnings.
It's now a few years down the road, and many of those women wished they had paid more attention to those laughed-off warnings. Users of YAZ® have reported everything from gallbladder disease to blood clots, not to mention liver damage, stroke, paralysis, nerve damage, heart attacks, cervical cancer, and the always exciting anaphylactic shock. And then the stories quickly faded from the news -- pushed aside by events in the Middle East, and now Japan.
But out of sight, does not necessarily mean out of mind; lawyers have busily been working in the background.