Bayer Pharmaceuticals recently reported that it has set aside $1.5 billion to allegedly address mounting litigation regarding the thousands of severe injuries and deaths surrounding its fourth generation of birth control products Yaz and Yasmin.
Over $1B In Settlements Paid – No End In Sight
Although global pharmaceutical giant Bayer has already paid out over $1 billion to settle nearly 5,000 claims by women who experienced blood clots that resulted in heart attacks, strokes and death, there does not seem to be an end in sight. According to Thomson Reuters, the company faces an additional 10,000 Yaz / Yasmin side effect lawsuits already filed and thousands more are expected to be filed in the very near future.
In addition to lawsuits filed in the United States, consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of Illinois, Bayer is also facing an investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York over allegations that it promoted Yasmin and Yaz off-label.
Yaz /Yasmin Side Effects
Although Bayer originally touted Yaz and Yasmin as breakthrough contraceptives that would not only reduce the risk of pregnancy but also help to control acne, weight gain and PMS (premenstrual syndrome), they have caused thousands upon thousands of serious injuries and deaths – many to very young women simply seeking to minimize the former more common side effects while avoiding pregnancy. However, many of those same women have instead experienced Yaz and Yasmin side effects, including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, strokes and death.
If you or your daughter has been injured by Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Beyaz or another form of “fourth generation” birth control products on the market, please contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, and discuss your situation with one of our experienced product liability attorneys who are well informed about the dangers of these birth control drugs and can advise you about whether taking legal action is the right course of action for you.