Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
The Yaz Resource Center, a patient advocacy group, is alerting women who suffered side effects after taking the birth control drugs Yaz or Yasmin of court updates showing the drug maker, Bayer, has settled more of these injury claims. However, only certain cases may qualify and the time to file a claim is limited.
Anyone who suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism after taking Yaz or Yasmin is urged to contact the Yaz Resource Center or speak with a lawyer about their legal options.
The British Medical Journal published a report from The University of Copenhagen on October 25, 2011 linking the hormone in Yaz to blood clots. Two days later, the FDA released its own study entitled "Combined Hormonal Contraceptives and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Endpoints" which found Yaz and similar drugs could increase the risk of blood clots, DVT and pulmonary embolism by as much as 74%.
The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ QuarterWatch also recently published a study on May 31, 2012 which showed Yaz and Yasmin were the second-worst drugs in 2011 for the number of adverse events reported to the FDA. Together, they resulted in more than 8,000 side-effect complaints.
Due to the number of Yaz lawsuits filed by patients, a federal Multi-District Litigation court was established in Illinois to handle the legal process. The formal case is known as Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2100). The court estimates as many as 11,000 patients have filed a claim.
Bloomberg News reported on April 13, 2012 that Bayer would begin settling Yaz lawsuits at approximately $220,000 per case. In its first quarter Stockholders’ Newsletter for 2012, Bayer stated it had paid $142 million to settle more than 600 Yaz cases so far.
Now, on July 11th, 2012, The Madison Record reported that the special master appointed to oversee settlement negotiations for the federal MDL case, Stephen Saltzburg, estimates as many as 1,500 settlements have been reached for Yaz lawsuits and negotiations could be concluded within a year.
Anyone affected by blood clots, stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism after taking Yaz should learn their legal rights as soon as possible.
The Yaz Resource Center cautions that only certain lawyers may be able to obtain a Yaz settlement for those affected. Victims will also be required to submit proper medical records and paperwork. The Resource Center only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.