Settlement discussions continue, yet the number of Yaz lawsuits continues to climb…
The manufacturers of YAZ, a type of birth control pill, promised to provide a safe and effective solution for managing pregnancy. Instead, the pills caused health problems in thousands of women. Side effects include heart attacks, gallbladder disease, strokes, blood clots and other complications. The pill contains a synthetic hormone called drospirenone that causes all of these problems.
If you are pursuing a legal claim against the manufacturer, you may also need financial assistance.
Cases Are Settling Now
Bayer has admitted that settlements of U.S. lawsuits claiming that its Yasmin line of birth-control pills caused blood clots in women have increased to $142 million. The average settlement is about $218,000, according to Bloomberg News. Estimates suggest that Bayer will eventually pay over $2 billion to victims.
List of Yaz Manufacturers and Related Drugs
According to Wikipedia, Drospirenone (INN, USAN), also known as 1,2-dihydrospirorenone, is synthetic, steroidal progestin, a hormone used in birth control pills. It is sold as a pill that also includes estrogen.
The manufacturer of the major drug (Yaz, Yasmin, Yasminelle, and others) — and defendant in the multi-district litigation in Illinois — is Bayer, but Teva and its Barr Laboratories subsidiary made generic versions of Yaz (such as Ocella) and are co-defendants in some of the Illinois cases.
Other companies also made generic versions of Yaz. Vestura and Zarah are generics manufactured by Watson Pharmaceuticals. Loryna and Syeda are generics manufactured by Sandoz (Sandoz is the subsidiary of Novartis that focuses on manufacturing generic drugs).
Many of these drugs were advertised as eliminating pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and also as curing acne. Plaintiffs say they were not informed about serious side effects including:
- Fluid retention
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that blocks blood flow in the lungs. Yasmin plaintiff Cris told LawyersandSettlements.com, “I was given heparin shots in my stomach and coumadin — an anti-coagulant — and stayed in hospital for a week. I had to be checked daily for 90 days and had blood taken almost daily, until the drugs were regulated in my blood stream. . . . A pulmonary embolism has a life-long impact. It affects your diet, your exercise routine, traveling. I travel a lot with my job so Yasmin even affected my career. . . . For a whole year after being hospitalized I really had to watch my diet.”
Many of those who are pursuing a YAZ lawsuit are facing expensive medical bills. Delancey Street may be able to provide you the money you need with a plaintiff cash advance to help you with your finances while you wait for your money from your lawsuit.