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Date posted: 12/2/2013

By now, most people have seen one of the many TV commercials advising those women who suffered blood clots after taking Yaz or Yasmin that they may qualify for compensation. The good news is, this is true for many patients.
However, a large percentage of victims still believe it’s too late for them to take part because their blood clot occurred years ago or because the settlement has been going on for longer than 18 months.
Based on recent announcements by Bayer, many of those who don’t think they qualify for a Yaz settlement actually would. DrugRisk is advising anyone who suffered a blood clot while taking Yaz or Yasmin before 2013 to learn their legal options.
Lawyers are filing lawsuits and negotiating settlements for women who suffered a blood clot, stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism either while taking Yaz, or within 30 days of their last use. Also, the injury has to have occurred prior to June of 2012 in most cases, due to drug label warning updates.
However, Those who suffered injury several years ago are still eligible to receive help. Also, Bayer recently advised that the Yaz settlement program will continue into 2014 for these qualified cases.
So far, Bayer has spent nearly $1.5 billion to settle around 6,800 Yasmin and Yaz birth control pill lawsuit injury claims. With the average settlement around $200,000, those affected can’t afford to not take action. A lawyer can review your case today at no cost to let you know if you qualify.
Bayer first released Yasmin in 2001 and Yaz in 2006. The new-generation birth control pills were promoted as having fewer side effects. However, studies soon showed the hormone drospirenone, used in both drugs, can greatly increase the risk of blood clots.
Experts across Europe, Canada and the United States have warned that birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin can raise blood clot risks by up to 75%.
Blood clots can cause painful and even deadly injuries to the arms and legs (deep vein thrombosis), lungs (pulmonary embolism), brain (stroke) or heart.
Due to the failure of Bayer to properly warn patients of these risks on time, tens of thousands were affected according to FDA records.

At one point, the drug giant faced as many as 13,000 Yaz birth control pill injury claims. Due to the volume, cases were grouped into a special federal court in Illinois. This led to pressure to compensate victims and the current settlement.

Lawyers are still helping those who suffered blood clots, pulmonary embolism, stroke or deep vein thrombosis file formal claims for a Yaz settlement. However, due to the specialized nature of defective drug litigation, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.

If you or a loved one have been affected, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. 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.