Bayer AG recently agreed to pay $24 million to settle gallbladder injury claims consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois as well as claims filed in state courts of California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This settlement comes several months after the drug manufacturer began settling injury claims for women who alleged Yaz and Yasmin oral contraceptives caused serious blood clots that resulted in heart attacks, strokes, or other serious injuries. The drug manufacturer estimates that more than $1 billion will be paid out for settlements related to injury claims involving blood clots.
Overall, Bayer is facing more than 10,000 lawsuits from women who claim serious injuries occurred as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills. These pills contain a synthetic hormone, drospirenone, which some studies have found to lead to a 75% higher chance of suffering a blood clot when compared to other formulations of birth control drugs.
Our firm has represented thousands of people who have been injured by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. If you or someone you care about has suffered a serious injury as a result of a drug or medical device, contact us. Our product liability attorneys have experience litigating claims against drug manufacturers and can advise you of your legal rights and options.