Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
The Yaz Resource Center, a patient advocacy group, is alerting those women who experienced side effects after taking the birth control drugs Yaz or Yasmin that Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the drugs, is settling injury claims for certain victims.
Anyone who has suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism after taking these drugs is urged to contact the Yaz Resource Center or speak with a lawyer about their legal options.
On October 25, 2011, The British Medical Journal published a study from The University of Copenhagen which linked the chemicals in Yaz to blood clots. On October 27, 2011, the FDA also released a study entitled "Combined Hormonal Contraceptives (CHCs) and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Endpoints" which found that drugs like Yaz could cause up to a 74% increased risk of developing blood clots, DVT and pulmonary embolism.
According to a federal Multi-District Litigation court in Illinois set up to handle lawsuits from those affected, more than 11,000 people have filed a Yaz lawsuit. The formal case is known as Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2100).
Many of the lawsuits have been filed by women who have suffered blood clots, stroke, Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism after taking Yaz.
Bloomberg News originally reported on April 13, 2012 that Bayer would settle 500 of the lawsuits at approximately $220,000 per case. The company has now reported in its Stockholders’ Newsletter for the first quarter that it paid $142 million to settle more than 600 Yaz cases so far.
The recent Bloomberg report also gave an indication of which types of cases Bayer would agree to settle. It stated, “Bayer is only settling claims in the U.S. for venous clot injuries after a case specific analysis of medical records.” These would include claims for stroke, pulmonary embolism and DVT.
The Yaz Resource Center cautions victims that settlements of these cases could take longer for certain victims and only certain lawyers may be able to obtain a Yaz settlement. Victims will also have to submit the proper medical records and paperwork. The Resource Center only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.
Anyone affected by stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism after taking Yaz should learn their legal rights today.