Bayer Pays More Than Two Billion Dollars in Settlements Related to Yaz Contraceptives

Screen Shot 2017-12-15 at 3.22.13 PMMost lawsuits related to unexpected severe side effects from prescription drugs fall under the category of product liability, which is a type of personal injury lawsuit. It would be a medication error if the doctor prescribed the drug irresponsibly, such prescribing it for a condition that it had not been approved to treat, prescribing an unnecessarily high dose, or ignoring risk factors in the patient’s health history that would show that the drug was unsafe for that patient. If the doctor prescribed the drug according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and the patient followed those instructions, then it is a case of product liability. In other words, the liability lies with the drug manufacturer and not with the physician. The drug manufacturer Bayer has paid more than two billion dollars in settlements to patients who became ill from taking Yaz, a hormonal contraceptive (birth control pill).

What is Yaz, and What are its Risks?

Yaz and Yasmin, as they are known in the United States, are hormonal contraceptive pills; one is taken daily, and the other is taken monthly. Like other oral contraceptives, it contains estradiol and a progestogen (a progesterone-like hormone), thus preventing pregnancy by preventing ovulation. The drug became commercially available in 2006. Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz, advertised it on the platform that, while it worked similarly to other contraceptives, it was less likely to cause weight gain as a side effect. Like other contraceptives, Yaz can also reduce acne and can make menstruation less painful.

The progestogen in Yaz is drospirenone, a synthetic hormone, which is believed to be the cause of the patients’ negative side effects. Almost any kind of hormonal contraceptive can increase the risk of dangerous blood clots, but blood clots were especially common and severe in patients taking Yaz. (The risk is also present when drugs containing female sex hormones are given to menopausal women as hormone replacement therapy.) Blood clots were three times as common in women taking Yaz than in women taking other combined oral contraceptives (pills that contain both estrogen and progesterone). Thousands of patients were hospitalized because of blood clots and their complications, including stroke, and more than 200 patients died.

The Yaz Lawsuits and Their Settlements

More than 11,000 patients have filed complaints against Bayer after developing blood clots from taking Yaz. Bayer has settled with patients, paying an average of $12,000 per patient. As of 2017, the company has paid more than two billion dollars and settlements and damages related to Yaz.

Contact Case Barnett About Injuries Related to Hormonal Treatments

In many ways, the availability of contraceptives has improved women’s health. Still, taking hormones carries risks, and drug manufacturers do not always sufficiently raise awareness of those risks when marketing hormonal therapies. Contact Case Barnett in Costa Mesa, California if you became seriously ill as a result of taking a hormonal contraceptive. You may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit.

Documenting Your Injuries After a Car Accident

2.nowordsIt is hard to think clearly after a car accident, even if at first it seems that no one was injured and the accident was not very serious. In the moment, the first thing that you might think about is how mad your boss will be if you are late to work or how upset your spouse will be if your already high car insurance premiums get even higher. It is important to think about your health first, though. Many personal injuries that result from accidents do not start showing symptoms immediately. Back or neck pain resulting from the collision tends not to show up until a few days later, but it can last a long time and be difficult to treat. In order to have as much documentation as possible to show your insurance company and, if necessary, your lawyer, take the following steps immediately after you are involved in an accident.

If You Go to the Emergency Room

If the police who report the accident recommend that you go to the emergency room to have your injuries evaluated, do not refuse just because it is an inconvenience to spend a big part of the day in an emergency room waiting to be seen by a doctor. Ask the nurses in the emergency room to take photos of any injuries you have sustained, if any of your injuries are visible. When you do see the doctor, ask for a written recommendation about how many days, if any, you need to miss work. This will be valuable information in your legal case when it comes to proving lost wages.  You will have written proof that your injuries sustained in the accident were the reason you missed work; the other side will not be able to argue that you simply chose to take a certain amount of time off of work.

A Doctor’s Expert Opinion

Unless your primary doctor is nearby and you can easily see him or her without an appointment, the emergency room physician is usually the first medical professional who will do a full evaluation of your injuries after the accident. Emergency room doctors must provide a detailed report when they release you from the hospital. Ask the doctor to include his or her assessment of exactly what caused your injuries, such as the angle from which the other car hit your car.  Also ask the doctor to include written instructions about future treatment you will need.

Make an appointment with your regular doctor as soon as you can after being released from the emergency room. Have your primary care doctor review the emergency room doctor’s notes and make any further recommendations in writing, including referrals to a specialist. Reports from physicians are some of the strongest evidence you can use in court in a personal injury case.

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