For thousands of women affected by blood clots after taking Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella or Gianvi, the past few years have been a waiting game to recover much-needed compensation from Bayer.
The German drug maker has slowly worked through over 13,000 claims that its popular birth control pills caused side effects, from DVT and pulmonary embolism to gallbladder disease.
Now, new reports show that the number of pending claims is falling as the number of cases settled has risen.
Last month, Bayer released its 2013 annual report to investors, which contained valuable information on profits and new products. Hidden deep within was an admission that the company had spent almost $1.7 billion so far to settle 8,250 Yaz lawsuits for blood clot injuries.
The settlements include many claims for deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or stroke and are for the drugs Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi and Ocella.
Due to the number of women and families filing lawsuits for Yaz, cases had been consolidated to a special federal multidistrict court in Illinois.
Now, the latest report from that court indicates the number of claims pending has fallen from 9,687 a month ago to 9,550 today. That’s more than a 1% drop in less than a month.
The latest numbers are also a good indication that women who suffered blood clots are being compensated.
Just last month, the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency instructed doctors to tell women that drugs like Yasmin may double the risk of blood clots. This follows warnings by the FDA, Health Canada and EMA.
Lawyers urge anyone affected by blood clots after using Yaz to learn their options as the settlements will continue through 2014. However, not all cases will qualify.
In general, patients had to have been taking Yaz or a similar drug and suffered a stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism prior to mid-2012, when warning labels were changed.
If you suffered a blood clot injury, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. It costs nothing to discuss your case or file a claim unless you receive an award. However, time is limited.
Due to the complexity of these cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already settled hundreds of Yaz lawsuits. Contact us today for more info or to speak with a lawyer.