As of April 2012, approximately 11,900 product liability lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the maker of Yasmin, for a large range of side effects which have appeared in countless women who have taken the birth control drug. Plaintiffs have claimed that the drug has caused everything from blood clots to gallbladder damage. While many of these cases remain unresolved, Bayer recently settled with 651 plaintiffs who claimed the drug caused life-threatening or fatal blood clots and is likely to settle with hundreds more in the coming months and years.
Increased Risk of Blood Clots
On April 10, 2012, Bayer was ordered by the FDA to increase the consumer warnings about the high risk of blood clots for Yasmin. Most of the suits against Bayer involve claims that the company failed to provide adequate warning to consumers about the risks of taking the drug, despite the fact that testing has shown that Yasmin could triple the likelihood of developing dangerous blood clots. Additionally, a number of new suits have been filed which claim that Bayer actually marketed their product as a safer alternative to other birth control medications, despite knowing about the higher risk. Overall, it is estimated that the company may have to end up paying around 2.65 billion in order to resolve all of the cases against them.
Consumers deserve to have the risks of taking prescription medication made clear to them. When a pharmaceutical company makes record profits off of a drug that carries a high risk but fails to provide sufficient warnings of the risk, those who are harmed have a right to seek compensation for the damage done to them. If you or someone you love experienced serious side effects such as blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, don’t hesitate to consult with a skilled lawyer about starting a Yasmin lawsuit today.