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Suicide Blamed|on Acne Drugs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CN) - Parents say their daughter committed suicide because drug companies failed to warn them of the side effects of their acne drugs. Their daughter, whose age is not specified, killed herself after taking Claravis and YAZ for acne, the parents claim in Mahoning County Court.

Autumn Plevniak committed suicide in October 2007. Her parents say Barr Laboratories failed to warn that its acne medication, Claravis, can cause depression and suicidal thoughts. And they say Bayer Healthcare failed to warn of the same side effects from its drug, YAZ.

YAZ (drosperinone and ethinyl estradiol), a birth control drug, has been the subject of dozens of lawsuits that claim it can cause life-threatening embolisms. This complaint claims that Bayer advertises it "to be prescribed for, among other things, the treatment of acne."

The parents say their daughter was in "reasonable good health" before she started taking the drugs, but suffered "mental anguish from the time she started taking her Claravis prescription to the time of her death." They say the companies knew or should have known of the side effects.

Christopher and Shirley Plevniak seek damages for failure to warn, loss of consortium and pain and suffering. They are represented by John McNally III.

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