For the past several years, drug maker Bayer has been hit with thousands of lawsuits from women who suffered blood clots or gallbladder disease while taking the birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin.
And while the company has spent billions in settlements, records show the litigation is far from over as 9,781 cases are still pending in a special federal Yaz court in Illinois.
DrugRisk has learned that lawyers expect the settlements to continue through 2014, and they are still offering help to anyone affected free of charge.
This month, Bayer will release their 2013 annual report, which will give the latest figures on how much they have paid for Yaz settlements to date and how many more they anticipate.
For more than a decade starting in 2001, Yasmin and Yaz were among the most popular birth control pills in the world. Trouble began around 2009, when studies discovered the active hormone ingredient in the drugs, drospirenone, can increase the rate of blood clots by up to 76%.
Blood clots can cause blockage of oxygen to the brain (stroke), heart (heart attack) and lungs (pulmonary embolism) that can lead to serious injury or death. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) clots in the legs can also require hospitalization.
In Bayer’s last report, they stated more than 13,000 women had filed lawsuits in total for Yaz side effects. They have also settled over 7,000 of these cases at a cost of more than $1.6 billion.
The FDA has received more than 20,000 reports of women using Yaz or Yasmin suffering blood clot-related injuries, which indicates thousands have not yet received legal help.
Unfortunately, a Yaz lawsuit is the only recourse for those injured as the FDA has already voted against issuing a Yaz recall. However, the public attention of this legal action could protect future patients as questions are raised about the drugs’ safety.
If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or pulmonary embolism while taking Yaz or Yasmin, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. It costs nothing to discuss your case or file a claim and there are no costs unless you receive compensation.
DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled Yaz lawsuits. Contact us today for more information, or to speak with a lawyer to learn if you are eligible for a Yaz settlement in 2014.