These medications could be putting millions of women at risk for strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and gall bladder disease.

Yaz side effects are wide ranging, from upper respiratory infections, similar to that seen in the common cold, to high potassium levels. Researchers also warn that the drug can cause headaches, some as severe as migraines, vaginal yeast infections and unusual vaginal discharge.

Bayer was repeatedly chastised by the FDA for its advertising practices. Then, in 2009, the FDA sent the company a warning letter regarding the quality of ingredients found during a routine inspection of the manufacturing plant in Germany. The problems at the plant included dirty equipment and failure to adequately test the final products. At least eight batches of the low-quality birth control pills were sent to the U.S.

Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella Lawsuits

As more and more patients see the side effects from Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, they are turning to the legal system for help. More than 10,000 women have filed lawsuits against Bayer and its affiliates for Yaz side effects. Bayer reportedly has settled 8,250 cases for $1.7 billion, with more cases pending in federal and state courts nationwide.

The FDA has also been grappling with the onslaught of complaints regarding the drug’s connection to blood clots. In September, the FDA said it “remains concerned” about the drug’s clot risks. Instead of recalling the drug or taking action against the drugmaker, the FDA tossed the decision to one of its advisory committees.

Even though the advisory committee voted to keep the drug on the market, some of the committee members have been criticized for their close ties to Bayer. This questionable relationship between the committee members and Bayer has brought the committee’s actions under suspicion.