Yet another young woman has died with her mother blaming the controversial birth control pill Yaz for her death.
Michelle Phleger, age 18, passed away on September 24, 2010. The girl was taking Yaz and suffered from a pulmonary embolism which is a well-known side effect of the drug. The girl’s pulmonary embolism was caused by a blood clot rising in her lungs; this also can cause sufferers to go into cardiac arrest. The girl’s mother has since filed a lawsuit against the makers of Yaz, Bayer, on May 10, 2011. She wants to hold Bayer responsible for her daughter’s demise.
Michelle’s mother, Joan Cummins, did make a statement to the media about her daughter’s death.
“One day she was a freshman at college so full of hope and promise and the next she was gone,” Cummins said. “I can only hope that by publicizing what happened to Michelle, I can keep another family from having to go through this.”
Right now, there are as many as 7,000 cases against Yaz and Yasmin from women who are claiming that they didn’t get enough warning of the dangerous side effects that are caused by the popular birth control pills. At least 50 of those cases were filed on behalf of young women who died from complications that arose as a result of taking them.
What makes Yaz and Yasmin stand out among other birth control pills is the combination of drosperinone (a synthetic progestin) and ethinyl. The drosperinone is effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies but it also comes with severe side effects such as blood clots. The drosperinone also includes some positive benefits in that it has been shown to improve skin acne and even lessen severe PMS symptoms. In fact, it was marketed as such, but the ad campaign was pulled by the FDA due to the many women who were suffering from adverse side effects.