When pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer came out with Yaz, the drug was heavily marketed as a revolution in birth control, providing the same medicinal benefits with significantly less side effects. However, what the company failed to mention was one new danger of the drug: an increased risk of serious injury and death due to stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism.
Adrianna Duffy was a healthy, active college freshman. When she decided to go on birth control, her doctor prescribed Ortho Evra, more commonly known as the birth control patch. On September 28, 2009, not long after she began using the patch, Duffy fell and died in her dorm room. "She just got up and collapsed in the doorway," said Leslie Niedner, Duffy's mother. "And she was gone instantly."