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Date posted: 2/14/2013

For nearly a year, Bayer has been settling lawsuits in the United States filed by patients suffering blood clots after taking Yaz or Yasmin. However, victims in Canada and Europe were left with little recourse.

That could all change soon now that cases have started in France and Switzerland, and with recent reports that several Yaz class action lawsuits have taken form in Canada.

In recent years, experts from the FDA, New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal have all warned that birth control drugs containing the hormone drospirenone, like Yaz and Yasmin, may increase the risk of blood clots.

While blood clots can be a natural defense mechanism of the body, they can also cause serious or fatal conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke and pulmonary embolism.

With several million women having taken Yaz or Yasmin in the United States, the number of potential victims is staggering. Already, morethan 10,000 have filed a Yaz lawsuit in a special federal Multi-District Litigation court in Illinois designed to handle the volume.

According to the company’s latest financial reports, Bayer has set aside at least $750 million so far for Yaz settlements in the U.S., and has already paid more than 3,500 victims.

Last month, reports surfaced that victims in France and Switzerland had filed claims over blood clot injuries. Now, Bayer spokesperson Marija Mandic has admitted that the drug giant also faces as many as 13 proposed Yaz class action lawsuits in Canada.

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 the compensation available in the United States. However, the time to file a claim is limited.

The DrugRisk Resource Center cautions Yaz patients that they should seek a lawyer with experience in defective drug litigation, and only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.

For more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Yaz, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.