As stated by Bayer AG Stockholders’ Newsletter First Quarter 2013:
- The number of Yaz / Yasmin lawsuits pending in the United States and served upon Bayer was around 10,200
- 1,340 claims are pending that have not been filed in court
- Excluding claims already settled; there are 14,500 claimants in pending lawsuits that allege they have suffered personal injuries and even death from the use of Yasmin, Yaz, Ocella and/or Gianvi (the generic version of Yaz)
- Bayer agreed to settle the claims without admitting liability, of about 5,700 claimants in the U.S. totaling almost $1.18 billion U.S. dollars
- Bayer is only settling claims in the United States for DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis
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According to a review by Health Canada, women taking Bayer’s popular birth control pills, Yaz and Yasmin, may be up to three times more likely to develop a serious blood clot, compared to those taking older-generation oral contraceptives.
On Monday, Health Canada announced it had completed a safety review of drospirenone-containing birth control pills. As part of its release, Health Canada said that, “Overall, the body of current evidence suggests that the risk of blood clots in 1.5 to 3 times higher with oral contraceptives that contain drospirenone relative to those that contain levonorgestrel, a different hormone.”
While the labels for these drospirenone-containging drugs have been updated to reflect the new information regarding the increased risk for blood clots, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s reproductive health drugs advisory committee will still meet on Thursday in order to further discuss the safety and efficacy of these products.
Source: CBCnews Health (Online)
After a thorough search of the FDA’s adverse events database, a German research group found there have been 190 Yaz or Yasmin related deaths in the United States alone.
Most of the women were young and healthy when they started taking the oral contraceptive. They then suddenly developed blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, suffered a stroke or gallbladder disease.
Currently, there are about 7000 lawsuits against Bayer, the makers of Yaz and Yasmin. The German research group called Coalition against Bayer Dangers, or CBG would like to have women who suffered a Yaz side effect speak out at a Bayer shareholder meeting; Because of the high number of injuries, CBG aims to ask the drug makers to recall their best-selling birth control pill.