Western Australia women rise up to file class action lawsuit over birth control pill

Date: Sep 19, 2013

For years, lawyers have been filing medical negligence claims on behalf of clients who took the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin and later suffered from injuries like strokes or even heart attacks.

While it appeared as though the prevalence of such cases had started to diminish in Australia, international pharmaceutical company Bayer is now once again under fire for its blockbuster drug's association with health defects.

Since its debut in Australia in 2002, Yasmin has seen enormous sales around the country. When paired with its sister contraceptive Yaz – introduced to Australia in 2008 – it's estimated that as many as 200,000 Aussie women take the drug every year.

Trine Kremer of Quinns Rocks, WA, has made it her mission to let more women know about the dangers of taking Bayer's best selling birth control pill. Just last year, Ms Kremer learned several blood clots had formed in her lungs after she started taking Yaz.

"I see myself as lucky because I could have easily ended up in a box but I'm still here," she told The West Australian.

"I have never been through anything as scary as that."

Widespread issues

Reports from all over the world have shed light on the link between the contraceptives and blood clots. Most recently, a UK teenager was rushed to the hospital, where it was later determined she had suffered a stroke two days earlier.

The stroke was caused by a blood clot in her brain that doctors say formed after she had been taking Yasmin for two years. Vision in her right eye was permanently affected from the stroke.

Bayer responded to the initial report in the UK's Daily Mail, extending its condolences to any families that feel they may have been affected by Yasmin.

"At Bayer we take the safety of our products very seriously and we continuously review the safety profiles of our products," the company's said in a statement.

"Bayer investigates reports on side effects thoroughly and collaborates closely with medical regulatory authorities concerning the use, benefits and risks of all products, including Yasmin."

Medical negligence lawyers have been working with women for years to make sure they get the compensation they deserve after having a stroke linked to Bayer's Yaz or Yasmin.

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