Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
The birth control information center at DrugRisk.com is announcing new information on the site for women who have taken the contraceptives Yaz or Yasmin. A recent report shows the drugs have been linked to 23 blood clot deaths in Canada, as Bayer still faces over 9,000 injury claims in the United States*.
The goal of DrugRisk is to improve patient safety by providing the latest research, safety alerts, recalls and litigation news for popular prescription drugs like Yaz and Yasmin. Visitors can determine if others have experienced similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
The resource center has added warnings from health experts like the British Medical Journal** and FDA*** that birth control pills containing the hormone drospirenone, such as Yaz and Yasmin, can increase the risk of blood clots.
Now, DrugRisk has learned that records from Health Canada allege a link between Yaz and 23 patient deaths from blood clots since 2007, as a judge there has certified a new Yaz class action lawsuit*.
So far, 9,961 patients have filed a Yaz lawsuit alleging side effects like blood clots in the United States, resulting in cases being consolidated to a special federal Multi-District Litigation court in Illinois (Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2100, Southern District Illinois)).
DrugRisk has reported that Bayer spent nearly $1 billion so far to settle around 4,800 Yaz lawsuits alleging blood clot injuries like pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)****. They have also committed up to $1.5 billion to resolve all the cases*****.
Lawyers are still helping those who suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism after taking Yaz or Yasmin. Anyone affected is urged to contact the Drug Risk Resource Center or speak with a lawyer about their legal options.
Due to the specialized nature of federal MDL drug injury litigation, DrugRisk cautions that patients should seek a lawyer with experience in defective drug litigation, and only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.
*Vancouver Sun, 6/13/13; vancouversun.com/health/Yasmin+birth+control+pills+linked+deaths+Health+Canada+documents/8510364/story.html
**BMJ, 10/25/11; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22027398
***FDA, 10/27/11, http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM277384.pdf
****Bayer 2/28/13; annualreport2012.bayer.com/en/legal-risks.aspx
*****Reuters, 3/4/13; newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2013/03_-_March/Bayer_reserves_$1_5_bln_to_cover_Yasmin,_Yaz_lawsuits/