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Date posted: 5/16/2013

For years, experts have warned that certain birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin can cause dangerous blood clots. And for more than a year now, Bayer has been embroiled in paying settlements to the thousands of women affected.

Now, the latest sales figures from the company show that far fewer women are using Yaz or Yasmin birth control than they were even a year ago. This may be due to the bad press or simply because other options are available to women.

Drug safety experts from the FDA, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal and European Medicines Agency have warned that birth control pills which use the hormone drospirenone, like Yaz and Yasmin, can increase the risk of blood clots by as much as 74%.

Although they can be part of the body’s natural defense mechanism, blood clots can also cause dangerous or fatal conditions like stroke, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.

After the widespread health warnings, thousands of patients who had been affected by blood clots filed a Yaz lawsuit. This caused the creation of a special federal court to handle the volume of over 10,000 cases.

Bayer’s last annual report shows the company has now spent almost $1 billion in Yaz settlements to those women and families harmed by Yaz blood clots. With around 5,000 cases settled, the average value is over $200,000.

Even with their efforts to compensate victims, however, sales have dropped with the bad press. The company’s latest earnings report shows that sales of Yaz and Yasmin have fallen a full 12.5% since this time last year*.

Fortunately, those who suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism after taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella can still get help with filing a claim for a settlement. If you or a loved one were affected, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options.

Federal MDL drug injury cases such as these can be very specialized. Therefore, DrugRisk cautions that patients should seek a lawyer with experience in defective drug litigation, and only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.

Contact us today for more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Yaz and other drugs, or to speak with a lawyer.