Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state court Judge Moss has ordered that the thousands of Yaz birth control, manufactured by Bayer, lawsuits he is overseeing be sent to mediation to be negotiated in good faith by representatives of both the plaintiffs and the defense.
Judge Moss made the order January 6, one week after federal Judge David Herndon ordered his federally filed cases to mediation. Both judges selected Professor Stephen Saltzburg of George Washington University School of Law as the special master for mediation.
Most of the lawsuits filed in Philadelphia claim that the plaintiffs or their family members sustained injury after taking Yaz, Yasmin, or their generic equivalent, by side effects that include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and stroke. Generic versions of the drospirenone-containing drug include Ocella, Safyral, Gianvi, and Beyaz. Some attorneys have estimated that nearly 50 deaths tied to the birth control pills have been reported to the FDA.
Plaintiffs are hopefully the order will be the first step in a global resolution to the litigation, which includes thousands of lawsuits.