Mother Sues Drug Company After Teen Dies While Taking Yaz

Posted on Jul 20, 2012

A distraught mother is suing a drug company after she claimed her daughter died from taking the birth control pill Yaz.

According to national news sources, 18-year-old Michelle Pfleger, a freshman at Elon University in North Carolina, collapsed on her way to class last September. An autopsy revealed that she suffered a fatal blood clot that lodged in her lung and caused a heart attack. Her mother, Joan Cummins, believes that her daughter would be alive today if she had not been taking the birth control pill Yaz – and that the prescription drug ultimately caused the deadly clot. She was taking the pills to help an acne problem.

Cummins is suing Bayer, the behemoth pharmaceutical company that produces the drug, for wrongful death. The defective drug lawsuit states that Yaz, also known as drospirenone, violates North Carolina consumer protection laws and that the drug is dangerous.

This is not the first time that Yaz and deep vein thrombosis have been linked–in fact, some believe that dozens of women have died from this health issue while taking the pill, and two studies have correlated the two. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the matter further and looking into whether the drug should have stronger warning labels or whether the drug should be pulled from the shelves altogether.

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