Authored by Chris Schroeder
Recent studies have shown that the progestin hormone drospirenone, used in birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin, may increase risks of blood clots by as much as 74%.
Blood clots can cause painful conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that lead to hospitalization, as well as more serious conditions like pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke that can be fatal.
FDA records show that more than 20,000 women have suffered these severe side effects of Yaz or Yasmin. However, the agency voted last year to keep the drug on the market.
Fortunately, lawyers have forced Bayer, the maker of the drugs, to compensate many of those affected. In the company’s latest report, they admitted spending almost $1.5 billion so far to settle Yaz lawsuits.
Bayer has settled approximately 6,800 claims for Yaz blood clot-type injuries like DVT and pulmonary embolism, as well as around 8,000 claims for gallbladder disease.
Many victims believe they can no longer file a claim due to the time that has passed since their injury. However, lawyers advise Bayer will continue to settle many claims for blood clots, DVT, stroke and pulmonary embolism that occurred prior to 2013.
Also, the company is paying settlements for patients that took either the brand name or generic versions of the drugs.
If you suffered a blood clot injury like DVT or pulmonary embolism while taking Yaz or Yasmin, it is important to speak with an attorney for Yaz claims. They can let you know whether you can file a lawsuit and how long you have to take action.
Due to the specialized nature of birth control drug injuries and federal litigation, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already settled hundreds of Yaz lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Yaz or Yasmin, or to speak with a lawyer.