Bayer has paid $750 million to settle 3,500 Yasmin, Yaz lawsuits

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by Heygood Orr and Pearson

Drugmaker Bayer has paid about $750 million to settle a total of nearly 3,500 Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits that have been filed against the company, according to a report issued to shareholders. More than 12,000 lawsuits against Bayer have been filed by Yaz and Yasmin users since concerns about the birth control pills were first made public.

According to reports published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), women who take Yaz or Yasmin are twice as likely to develop blood clots as those who are prescribed other forms of birth control. This increased blood clot risk can put patients in danger of other serious side effects, including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, or stroke.

Bayer is currently facing about 3,800 lawsuit filed by women who suffered side effects caused by blood clots after taking Yaz or Yasmin. The company is also facing about 5,000 lawsuits filed by Yaz or Yasmin users who suffered gallbladder problems or other side effects after taking the birth control pills.