July 31, 2012 - The maker of controversial birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin, Bayer, has begun settling many of the injury claims filed by those women affected. However, only certain cases may qualify and the time to file a claim is limited.
Anyone affected by a blood clot, DVT, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism after taking Yaz or Yasmin is urged to contact the Yaz Resource Center or speak with a lawyer about their legal options.
The British Medical Journal released a study from The University of Copenhagen last year which related the chemicals in Yaz to blood clots. On October 27, 2011, the FDA also published a report showing drugs like Yaz could raise the risk of blood clots, DVT and pulmonary embolism by as much as 74%.
After years of denying that its popular oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin post health risks to women, reports indicate Bayer is now willing to pay heavily to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits over the drugs. However, only certain lawyers will get money for their clients.
Court records show nearly 11,000 Yaz lawsuits have been filed by women or families alleging the drugs caused blood clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism.
With reports surfacing that Bayer will have to pay hundreds of millions to settle cases over serious side effects from its Yaz and Yasmin drugs, the company was hit with more bad news this month: the FDA is now ordering additional warnings on the popular birth control drugs.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on April 10th that it would require an additional safety warning on all drugs like Yaz which contain the chemical drospirenone, as the hormone has been associated with increased blood clot risks.
As more and more women who’ve suffered side effects after taking the birth control Yaz come forward with legal action, Bayer Pharmaceuticals has announced the start of case settlements. However, the outcome of a case may depend largely on the lawyer involved.
According to court records, more than 6,000 women have filed claims in a consolidated federal court set up to handle the litigation. Thousands more will file a lawsuit in a separate state action.