May 2, 2012 – For the third time this year, deadlines for lawsuits over side effects caused by Bayer’s controversial birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin have been extended another 90 days. The move, which was ordered by Chief Judge David R. Herndon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, allows settlement negotiations to continue between Bayer and plaintiff lawyers for the next three months. Bayer currently faces more than 11,500 lawsuits that allege the company failed to adequately warn the public about the drugs’ serious side effects including blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and gallbladder disease.
Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuit Update 3/21/13: This week, Bayer Healthcare reportedly agreed to pay out as much as $24 million to settle gallbladder disease lawsuits involving its controversial Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. Specifically, the company agreed to settlement payments of $2,000 to women who suffered gallbladder injuries, and $3,000 for women’s injuries which were so severe that their gallbladders had to be removed.
Free Yaz Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
Yaz and Yasmin contain a new, so-called ‘fourth generation’ synthetic progestin known as drospirenone, combined with smaller amounts of estrogen than other forms of birth control. Shortly after gaining approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, Yaz quickly became the nation’s best-selling contraceptive due in large part to a multi-million dollar ad campaign that promoted the drug as effective for premenstrual depression and acne. In 2010 alone, Bayer’s blockbuster birth control pills generated more than $1.58 billion in sales for the company.
However, an October 2011 study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that women taking Yaz or Yasmin had double the risk of blood clots compared to women taking older forms of birth control.
Bayer was quick to respond to the findings, stating that the studies were unfounded due to methodological problems. The company proceeded to fund its own study which concluded that cardiovascular risks in women taking Yaz and Yasmin were acceptable and comparable to other forms of contraception. But in its annual report released in February 2012, Bayer indicated that it had settled at least 70 lawsuits involving its best-selling birth control pills.
On April 10, 2012, the FDA ordered Bayer and other manufacturers of drospirenone-based contraceptives to update the blood clot warnings on their drugs’ labels. The administration required the labels to state that researchers have found drospirenone birth control pills may triple the risk for blood clots. Since the FDA’s order, Bayer has indicated that it has agreed to pay out $142 million to settle 651 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits.
Do I Have a Yaz Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Yaz lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new blood clot cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed a blood clot after using Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.