With so many lawsuits currently being filed against Bayer, the manufacturers of the controversial oral contraceptives Yaz, and Yasmin, constant updates are being provided by various groups. One of those groups is “Resource4thePeople,” which announced recently its opinion of the pending cases involving blood clot-related injuries caused by the pills.
One of the things that the group has pointed out is how much activity is currently happening in the MDL that is taking place in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois.
“This activity shows that as Yaz and Yasmin cases are being settled over allegations that the oral contraceptives caused women to suffer serious blood-clotting problems, that some cases are being closed,” said Resource4thePeople.
At the moment, U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon is now overseeing 9,961 federal court Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits that have been consolidated from lawsuit filings that were made all across the country. While thousands of these lawsuits have already been settled by Bayer, more settlement agreements are expected to be made. So far, Bayer has paid out $1.4 billion and there appears to be no end in sight yet to the new cases being filed.
Even while Bayer is settling with plaintiffs, the company is still standing behind the drugs and claiming that the pills are safe and effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies (as well as its off-label uses of curing acne and PMDD). The lawsuits filed against the company are accusing Bayer of failing to properly warn the public and healthcare professionals of the pills’ links to dangerous complications such as heart attacks, strokes, gallbladder disease and blood clot-related injuries like deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. The company is also accused of knowingly marketing the pills’ off-label uses while downplaying the dangerous side effects.
Even more lawsuits are expected to be filed by Canadian residents after CBC News reported that 23 deaths have been linked to Yaz use in Canada.
“The Health Canada report comes shortly after a Canadian judge certified a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of women who are making allegations that Yaz and Yasmin can cause life-threatening blood clots,” said Resource4thePeople.</p