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.
Many recent studies have suggested that blood clots linked to the drugs can also lead to increased risks of stroke, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism injuries to the lungs.
In 2009, The British Medical Journal published two European studies which related the chemicals in Yaz to an increased risk of blood clots. The FDA also published a study in October of 2011 which followed over 800,000 women, finding almost a 75% increased risk of blood clots in those taking Yaz.
Although Yaz is still one of the most popular birth control pills in the United States and earns more than $1.5 billion per year for Bayer, the company faces nearly 11,000 lawsuits from women alleging serious side effects.
The company’s annual report indicates they have settled 70 of these lawsuits and a recent Bloomberg report suggests they are on the verge of spending $110 million to resolve 500 more.
It is important for anyone who has taken Yaz and suffered a side effect to contact a lawyer as soon as possible before all cases are settled. It is also important to choose the right lawyer, as not everyone will receive a settlement.
The Yaz Center works only with qualified Yaz lawyers who are already settling Yaz lawsuits for their clients. Contact us today.