Pharma News Online reports that Bayer, the German company that makes Yaz birth control, has seen an increase in sales for 2010– 35.1 billion euros, up 13% from the prior year. This is their highest sales record in the company’s history. The article went on to note that growth was “dragged down by sales in North America, hit by generic competition for the YAZ.” It did not mention the more than 1000 US lawsuits filed against Bayer. Users of Yaz contraception involved in the lawsuits have developed serious and life threatening side effects. Certainly, all birth control prescriptions carry a risk of side effects. However, it’s believed that the risk of developing side effects is greater when taking Yaz, and that Bayer knew or should have known that.