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Bayer Settles Yaz Blood Clot Claims for $57 Million

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Bayer Corp. has agreed to settle Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella lawsuits for $57 million over allegations that the birth control pills caused arterial blood clots, leading to injuries such as stroke and heart attacks. According to Law360, the settlement would resolve cases pending in the Illinois multidistrict litigation in federal court, as well as lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California state courts.

Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the drospirenone-containing birth control pills caused blood clots and blood-clot related injuries. Previously, Bayer already agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to settle claims over venous blood clots, including pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis. The latest settlement resolves lawsuits over injuries from arterial blood clots, which were not previously addressed. The proposed settlement fund, announced Monday, would resolve about 1,200 lawsuits nationwide.

Bayer agreed to pay the full $56.9 million so long as 97.5 percent of all eligible plaintiffs accepted the proposed settlement. The company agreed to the settlement without admission of wrongdoing.

The first Yasmin lawsuit was slated to go to trial in Philadelphia as the proposed settlement was finalized. The bellwether case was filed on behalf of a woman who alleged that Yasmin was to blame for her blood clot and stroke. The lawsuit was one of roughly 350 cases pending as part of a mass tort program in Philadelphia, Law360 reports.

Bayer markets four different birth control pills that contain the synthetic hormone drospirenone: Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Safyral. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed over Yaz and Yasmin. Many cases were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation pending in the Southern District of Illinois before U.S. District Judge David Herndon. A bellwether case in the MDL is slated to go to trial in November. At its largest, the MDL contained 12,000 cases.

Bayer agreed to settle lawsuits alleging Yaz and Yasmin caused gallbladder disease or gallbladder removal in March 2013. The cases were settled for $24 million. disclaimer: This article: Bayer Settles Yaz Blood Clot Claims for $57 Million was posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 1:38 am at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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