New Yaz Birth Control Warning Issued as Bayer Settles Blood Clot Injury Claims

Last month, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a new warning regarding the safety of drospirenon-containing birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin. The warning, which indicates that these oral contraceptives may increase a patient’s risk of experiencing blood clots, comes as drug maker Bayer attempts to settle thousands of lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who have suffered potentially life-threatening blood clot side effects. So far, Bayer has resolved more than 2,000 Yaz lawsuits, at an average of nearly $212,000 per case. If you have experienced a side effect that you believe to be linked to Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills, contact our knowledgeable Yaz attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your legal options. With our experienced Yaz lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and seek financial compensation for your side effects.


In October 2011, the British Medical Journal published a study that established a potential connection between the drospirenone hormone in Yaz and blood clot side effects. That same month, the FDA issued its own study titled “Combined Hormonal Contraceptives and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Endpoints,” which suggested that birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin could increase the risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolism and DVT side effects by as much as 74%. According to reports, Bayer has set aside up to $610 million to settle additional Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits, but will only do so for those related to blood clots. Anyone who has suffered a blood clot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or another blood clot-related side effect after taking Yaz or Yasmin is urged to consult our qualified Yaz lawyers for legal help.


In response to Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits filed on behalf of injured patients, a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) was established in Illinois to handle pretrial proceedings. The formal case is known as Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2100, Southern District Illinois), and the court estimates that more than 10,000 Yaz and Yasmin patients have already filed claims. News of Yaz and Yasmin settlements is positive for those who have yet to file a claim for side effects, but consumers should be aware that time to file is limited and only certain cases may qualify. If you believe you have been adversely affected by the Yaz or Yasmin birth control pill, don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights. Our Yaz lawyers at Atkins & Markoff have extensive experience protecting the rights of victims harmed by pharmaceutical drugs, and can help you pursue fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.