The pharmaceutical giant Bayer has already paid out more than $1 billion to injured patients who took their popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. Over 4,800 injured patients filed lawsuits after Yaz and Yasmin caused them to have serious complications that included blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and stroke. These increased risks are related to the use of a fourth generation progestin known as drospirenone. In 2012, the FDA began requiring all products containing drospirenone to be labeled with warnings regarding the higher risk of blood clots. Now, it seems that some of these patients may also suffer from complications related to gallbladder disease. This includes, inflammation, abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, and gallstones, and patients usually require surgery to remove their gallbladder. There is research now that suggests a connection between drospirenone and gallbladder disease. In 2011, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that women taking birth control pills that contained drospirenone had a higher risk of gallbladder problems than those taking pills containing older progestin. In 2012, a different study found no evidence of this increased gallbladder risk; however, plaintiffs believe otherwise.
Bayer Sets Money Aside for Patients with Gallbladder Disease
Recently, Bayer agreed to a settlement of up to $24 million for 8,000 lawsuits involving patients who suffered from gallbladder problems after taking Yaz and/or Yasmin. This is a sharp turnaround for a company who, until now, has denied that their medications could have any link to increasing risk of gallbladder disease.
National YAZ Lawsuit Lawyers
If you or someone you love has experienced gallbladder disease, 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 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 national 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.