The contraceptive drugs Yasmin and Yaz have been associated with a number of serious, potentially fatal side effects. These include heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, gallbladder issues and stroke. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the manufacturer of the contraceptives.
Last month, Bayer agreed to pay $24 million to settle lawsuits involving plaintiffs who alleged that Yaz and Yasmin caused them to develop gallbladder disease. Patients who had their gallbladders removed will receive the maximum amount. Plaintiffs who suffered other gallbladder injuries may receive up to $2,000.
Bayer admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
“This is another example of big business putting their own interests above those of their customers—the innocent people who are taking their drugs believing the products are safe. These companies must be held responsible and this settlement is a small measure of justice for those who have been injured,” said Elk & Elk Partner Jay M. Kelley.
This settlement does not affect the thousands of lawsuits filed by women claiming the contraceptives caused blood clots. Those cases have been consolidated to a special court in Illinois.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received reports of more than 50 deaths of women who used Yaz and Yasmin between 2004-2008.
Elk & Elk is representing a substantial number of clients who have suffered serious side effects after taking Yaz or Yasmin.
The drug recall attorneys of Elk & Elk have nearly five decades of experience fighting for the rights of drug injury victims. If you or a loved one were injured as the result of taking Yaz or Yasmin, call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out our free, no-obligation online consultation form.