Bayer faces civil suit over allegations that Yasmin caused stroke at age 27

06/08/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Bronx, NY—A woman who claims she suffered a stroke at the age of 27 due to her use of the birth-control pill Yasmin has sued Bayer. The civil lawsuit alleges the pharmaceutical giant withheld crucial information concerning the genuine safety of the drug, according to information provided by

“I’m pretty angry that this happened to me. I was 27 at the time. I don’t think this should be happening to young women. It shouldn’t happen to any woman just because they take birth-control pills,” stage actress and plaintiff Brenda Hamilton contended.

Hamilton, a substitute actress in the popular Broadway show, “Wicked,” suffered a stroke in May 2007. She had been taking Yasmin for more than two years and had a generally clean bill of health prior to the stroke.

While Hamilton currently resides in West New York, New Jersey, she filed suit in the Bronx, where she used to live. The lawsuit argues that “Bayer knew Yasmin posed a greater risk than did other birth-control pills for blood clots and strokes, but withheld that information from patients and doctors”.

There are approximately 1,100 cases in which victims claimed the use of birth control pills contributed to or caused severe and sometimes life-threatening medical episodes. Reports indicated there were also two class-action lawsuits pending in Canada.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cited Bayer for exaggerating the actual safety of Yasmin through its advertising methods in 2008.

The pharmaceutical giant would not comment on pending litigation.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for New York Pharmaceutical Liability Lawyers.

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