Over the past year, DrugRisk has reported extensively on the warnings issued by health experts over Yaz and Yasmin blood clots, as well as the ongoing litigation by thousands of women affected.
Now, even after drug maker Bayer has spent approximately $1 billion in settlements to victims of blood clots, stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, court records show more patients have come forward with injury claims.
Officials with the FDA, New England Journal of Medicine, EMA, Health Canada and British Medical Journal have all warned that birth control pills like Yaz, which contain the hormone drospirenone, can increase blood clot risks.
Experts point out that the hormone may increase potassium levels in the blood stream, which can result in the formation of clots. Normally a natural defense mechanism of the body, unintended blood clots can break free and cause serious or fatal blockage of blood to the heart, brain or lungs.
To deal with thousands of mounting lawsuits from those affected, Bayer last year began settling select cases involving stroke, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. In the latest annual report, the company admitted spending around $1 billion so far to settle nearly 5,000 cases. They also planned to commit up to $1.5 billion to continue with the settlements.
Bayer also stated that as many as 13,000 claimants had come forward to file a Yaz lawsuit. By May, the official number of cases listed by a special federal court tasked with their handling was 9,961.
Now, the latest report indicates Yaz cases have again increased to 9,998 as of July 10. While many of these involve gallbladder claims which are not eligible for substantial settlement, experts believe many more may still be blood clot claims which Bayer will have to face.
Lawyers are still helping those affected file claims and negotiate settlements.If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or pulmonary embolism after taking Yaz or Yasmin, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your rights as soon as possible.
However, due to the specialized nature of these cases, be sure to select a lawyer with experience in defective drug litigation. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.
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