Quoted from http://thegatewayonline.ca/articles/news/2010/11/29/canadians-launch-birth-control-lawsuit
Canadians launch birth control lawsuitNovember 29, 2010 - 11:36pm
Megan Sarrazin, Intercamp (Grant MacEwan University)
EDMONTON (CUP) — Two brands of birth control pills prescribed to roughly two million women in 2009 are being named in a national class action lawsuit alleging serious health side effects to some of its users.
Yasmin and Yaz, both products of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, are targets of the class action lawsuit by Siskinds, a law firm based in London, Ont.
According to Matthew Baer, the lead council representing Siskinds, they receive several calls a week from people noting injuries resulting from the use of Yasmin or Yaz.
"It just started getting overwhelming, the number of people calling with respect to this particular brand and so we started looking into it and seeing that there were a lot of issues in the U.S. as well."
"We started researching it more and it appears that there's science showing that the risks of serious injury with Yasmin and Yaz is worse than comparable contraceptives. But the warning that's given is that the risk is the same," said Baer.
Many of the reported side effects include strokes, pulmonary embolisms — a blood clot in the lung — and various heart problems. What Baer calls the most overwhelming, however, is that many young women have to get their gall bladders removed.
There have been about 4,000 individual cases against Yasmin and Yaz in the U.S. In addition, most provinces in Canada are filing class action lawsuits against the drugs, according to Baer.