Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will update the labels of its contraceptive medications Yaz and Yasmin to include information about an increased risk of blood clots. The new warnings come under pressure from mounting lawsuits over the popular drugs, which made Bayer some $1.3 billion in the first three quarters of 2009 alone.
Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuit Update 8/2/12: According to a second quarter stockholders newsletter released this week, pharmaceutical giant Bayer is poised to pay out more than $1.2 billion to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by Yaz and Yasmin side effects.Yet despite the massive payout, Bayer will still face thousands of lawsuits over Yaz and Yasmin in the near future.
Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Update 7/23/12: Last week, a Florida man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit which claimed that his wife died following plastic surgery as the result of a Yasmin-induced pulmonary embolism that could have been prevented if her doctors had taken her off the drug prior to surgery. The complaint notes that proper standards of medical care outlined in the Physician’s Desk Reference indicate that “oral contraceptives should be discontinued at least four weeks prior to and for two weeks after elective surgery.”
Yaz Lawsuit Update 6/18/12: Last month, a former Yaz user filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Bayer after she allegedly suffered blood clots leading to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE) event. The plaintiff claims she began using Yaz in November 2006 and subsequently developed blood clots from the drug leading to the PE in December 2009.
Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuit Update 5/2/12: 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.
Free Yaz Blood Clot Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking Yaz or Yasmin, 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?
April 14, 2011 – It seems mounting political pressure and nearly 1,100 lawsuits have forced Bayer to provide new warning information on the labels of its extremely popular contraceptive drugs Yaz and Yasmin. The strangely worded revised WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) now reads:
5.1 Thromboembolic Disorders and Other Vascular Problems
… The use of COCs increases the risk of venous thromboembolism. However, pregnancy increases the risk of venous thromboembolism as much or more than the use of COCs. The risk of venous thromboembolism in women using COCs has been estimated to be 3 to 9 per 10,000 woman-years. The risk of VTE is highest during the first year of use. Interim data from a large, prospective cohort safety study of various COCs suggest that this increased risk, as compared to that in non-COC users, is greatest during the first 6 months of COC use. Interim data from this safety study indicate that the greatest risk of VTE is present after initially starting a COC or restarting (following a 4 week or greater pill-free interval) the same or a different COC.
Some have questioned the verbiage of the new language, and whether the label change adds much in terms of providing any real warning for women who are using Yaz or Yasmin. Indeed, Bayer may be playing it safe when it comes to the drugs because they make the pharmaceutical giant big bucks. In the first three quarters of 2009 alone, Bayer netted a staggering $1.3 billion from Yaz and Yasmin.
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 and Yasmin 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 or Yasmin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.