More Yasmin birth control lawsuits have made their way through the court system against the manufacturer Bayer. According to a recent report, Bayer has settled many cases and paid a reported $402 million setting aside another $600 million for future settlements. Approximately 11,000 lawsuits have been filed in the federal multidistrict litigation consolidated in the Southern District of Illinois.
Some of the lawsuits brought by injured plaintiffs are for blood clots while others claimed gall bladder problems.
Bellwether trials, those cases found to be most meritorious, were scheduled to go to trial early in 2012. But the parties instead wanted to mediate cases resulting in settlements in at least some of them. Other settlements have been reached in blood clot lawsuits, but there have been no settlements of gall bladder claims.
In April 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Bayer to increase warnings on its Yaz and Yasmin products.
The warnings were required because some studies found there was three times the risk of blood clots in women who used Drospirenon-containing birth control.
Even though some cases have settled, it is still not too late for women who suffered health problems after using Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella to file lawsuits, providing the statute of limitations has not run out.
The core of the cases in litigation claim that Bayer chose not to properly test the contraceptives before putting them on the market and also chose not to warn the public or medical professionals about the risks associated with the use of Yaz and Yasmin by women. At the time, Bayer had produced television commercials that marketed Yaz and Yasmin as safer forms of birth control.
Kreisman Law Offices has been handling pharmaceutical injury cases, mass tort claims, personal injuries for individuals and families for more than 37 years, in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Harwood Heights, Chicago (Jefferson Park), Schiller Park, Brookfield, Chicago (Lincoln Park), Justice, Joliet, Alsip and Blue Island, Ill.
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