CBC News, June 11, 2013
Yaz, Yasmin birth control pills suspected in 23 deathsMost died from blood clots, Health Canada documents obtained by CBC News show
Risk of blood clots rises
"There are about 30 or 40 deaths that we think are known, but that is usually just the tip of the iceberg because all sorts of people will have died.... Their families don't know anything about the litigation, they don't know anything about the problem," he said.
Merchant said hundreds of patients who have approached his firm have had gallbladders removed, or have had strokes or blood clots and now must take blood thinners for the rest of their lives.
None of the allegations has been proven in court.
Bayer stands by Yasmin, Yaz
In a written statement to CBC News, Bayer said it is fighting the certification of the first Canadian class-action suit, the one in Ontario, which alleges women died or were injured by Yaz and Yasmin:
"We are very disappointed in Justice Crane's decision to certify a class in Ontario in an ongoing lawsuit regarding Yaz and Yasmin. No decision has been made on the merits of the case. We have filed a request with the Court for leave to appeal the decision and are evaluating our legal options... At Bayer patient safety comes first and we fully stand behind, Yaz and Yasmin."
Bayer is scheduled to appear in court in Ontario on Sept. 4.
Deaths linked to birth control pills in FinlandThe world's most commonly prescribed contraceptive pills Yasmin and Yaz have been linked to four deaths and six cerebral embolisms -- or blood clots -- and 25 pulmonary embolisms in Finland.
Record of deaths, blood clots in Finland
Four deaths on record have been linked with Yasmin and Yaz pills in Finland. Two of the deaths occurred in 2006, one in 2008 and one in 2010.
Bayer doctor responds
Leena Väisälä, specialist doctor with the pharmaceutical company Bayer that manufactures the pills, says that the risks associated with Yaz and Yasmin have been well known for a while.
According to the doctor, no changes are planned as regards the pills’ retailing.
“We have a careful monitoring system in place for harmful side effects. They count the dead! They have never had a full term pregnancy in a dead person yet,and not one of these people have complained.Diane?