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Pittsburgh Mother Joins Lawsuit Against Birth Control Pill
Mom Says Daughter Was Taking Yaz When She Fell Ill
PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh-based drug company has been hit with a lawsuit claiming it misled women, including a local teenager whose mother says her daughter nearly died from birth control.
"She was short of breath, she was having severe chest pains and her face was changing colors," said Dana Kraus of her daughter.
Kraus said her 15-year-old daughter, Katie, had been taking the conceptive Yaz for about six months when the teen suddenly felt like she was suffocating.
"She ended up going into cardiac arrest three times. One time it took 10 minutes to revive her. They eventually had to do emergency surgeries because they noticed there were two huge blood clots, one in each pulmonary artery," said Kraus.
Kraus blamed Yaz and has joined a lawsuit against its holder, Pittsburgh-based Bayer Corporation.
Commercials for the contraceptive point out possible complications from taking the contraceptive and so does Bayer.
A representative for Bayer issued the following statement:
"The complaints we have reviewed so far pertain to side effects that are warned about in the labeling of all contraceptives. Bayer will defend itself vigorously against these lawsuits."
However the lawsuit claims women weren't warned properly and that side effects are actually 10 to 100 times more than reported.
"I just don't want anybody else to see their child go through anything like this ever again," said Kraus.
Katie Kraus survived, but her mother said Yaz has changed her daughter's life.
"She had pancreatitis, liver function problems, acute renal failure," said Kraus.
The lawsuit includes not only the Kraus, but several women who have made claims against Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.
In the suit they have asked for a jury trial and more than $150,000 compensation, as well as punitive damages, attorney fees and the cost of the lawsuit.