Warnings about YAZ Continue as Lawsuits Rise
Just last month, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists issued a warning about the popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. According to reports, these drugs and other birth control pills that contain drospirenone significantly increase the risk of causing blood clots in women. Sadly, this warning comes a little too late for many—and the pharmaceutical giant Bayer is already beginning to settle class action lawsuits across the country. Recent reports show that Bayer has reserved an additional $262 million to settle these lawsuits which have grown to more than 13,500 claims. So far about 3,490 claims have been resolved totaling $750 million.
Approximately 10.7 million women in the United States use birth control pills, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two of the most commonly prescribed birth control pills are the popular brand YAZ and Yasmin. They are also sold in a generic form known as Ocella. These birth control pills are designed to prevent pregnancy by releasing estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation, and are prescribed by physicians for a range of medical reasons including birth control, acne, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Unfortunately, YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella can cause devastating health problems for women that include:
- Blood clots in legs
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Gallbladder disease
- Heart attacks
- Sudden death
In 2011, the FDA released its findings that YAZ could increase the risk of blood clots, DVT, and pulmonary embolism by up to 74%. Since then, Bayer has begun to settle lawsuits all across the country at an average of nearly $212,000 per case.
If you or someone you love has experienced a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or blood clot after taking the popular contraception YAZ or Yasmin, it is critical that you discuss your case with an experienced Washington YAZ lawsuit attorney. Your attorney will be able to review your case and determine if you are eligible to file a claim. Time is limited, however, so it is important not to delay.
Call Phillips Law Firm at 1-800-708-6000 immediately. Our Washington YAZ lawsuit lawyers are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.