Yaz, Blood Clots and Lawsuits

Bayer has been agreeing to Yaz settlements in some cases relating to blood clots in veins.

Yaz and Blood Clots


The birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin have been the subject of over 10,000 lawsuits across theUnited Statesagainst pharmaceutical maker Bayer. Since Yaz was released in 2006 there have been several studies examining links between the drugs, which use a synthetic hormone called drospirenone, and blood clots. Blood clots are particularly dangerous as they can lead to any number of serious and potentially debilitating or fatal conditions such as strokes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolisms, kidney failure, and gall bladder infection and removal.


Yaz, Yasmin, and Battling Studies


In October 2011, the British Medical Journal published a study from the Universityof Copenhagenlinking oral contraceptives that use drospirenone, such as Yaz, to blood clots. (Click here for British Medical Journal study).  The FDA released its own study linking Yaz to an increases risk of blood clots, DVT, and pulmonary embolisms as much as 74%. (Click here for FDA study).  At least five studies have shown a link between Yaz and increased risk of blood clots from between 50% and 75%. There have been two studies showing no link between Yaz and Yasmin, and blood clots. However, these studies were conducted with funding from Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin.


In the years since its release, Yaz has been prescribed as a treatment for symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), in addition to an oral contraceptive.  Yaz’s marketing in past years was often described as aggressive, including advertising Yaz’s ability to clear acne.  TheFDA has issued several warnings about Yaz and in April of 2012 required stronger warning labels for Yaz. These warning labels dealt specifically with the link between drospirenone and blood clots. Yaz remains the fourth most popular oral contraceptive on the market. The popularity of Yaz persists, despite several calls to remove Yaz from the market entirely.


Blood Clot Litigation Costs Bayer


Faced with such a high volume of concerns and lawsuits over Yaz, Bayer has seen fit to set aside more than $610 million to cover potential settlements and judgments. (Click here for Business Week story).
Please contact an experience pharmaceutical litigation firm today to see if you may have a Yaz lawsuit  or Yasmin lawsuit claim.   If you or you loved one has taken Yaz and has suffered Yaz blood clots, Yaz DVT, or a Yaz Pulmonary embolism, time may be limited to enforce your legal rights.  The lawyers of Slater Slater Schulman LLP are here to help. Please call us to discuss your potential Yaz lawsuit at 1-800-251-6990 or fill out the form on the right of this page and someone from our office will contact you to discuss your case.

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