This month, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation released their latest report showing 7,606 Yaz lawsuits are still pending in a federal multidistrict court in the Southern District of Illinois.
The cases had numbered above 10,000 in recent years, until Bayer, who makes Yaz and Yasmin, began a massive settlement program for those suffering blood clot injuries.
Just as Cymbalta victims are getting closer to having their day in court over serious withdrawal side effects, the maker of the drug is trying to block their lawsuits.
Last week, Eli Lilly filed a motion to dismiss a New York Cymbalta lawsuit filed by a man that suffered severe electrical brain zaps when he tried to stop using the drug. The company claimed the label has always warned of such side effects since it was introduced in 2004.
For years, Bayer has been paying settlements to women who were hospitalized for blood clots, DVT and pulmonary embolism while taking the birth control drugs Yaz or Yasmin.
In fact, recent company records show they have now paid out over $1.8 billion to almost 9,000 victims over Yaz blood clots, at an average of more than $200,000 per case. By doing so, Bayer avoided litigation and public attention in thousands of cases.
Last week, DrugNews reported that lawyers have filed lawsuits in 15 different states for victims of severe Cymbalta withdrawal side effects, and see the number of cases growing quickly.
In an attempt to streamline the growing litigation against Eli Lilly for the defective drug, and give thousands of patients a more efficient means of legal recourse, lawyers last month asked that cases be combined under one judge in a special federal court, instead of being spread around the country.
For the past several months, DrugNews has reported on growing concerns that power morcellator devices used in many hysterectomies could spread uterine cancer.
Since April, the FDA has launched an investigation and advised doctors of potential risks. The largest manufacturer of the devices has also stopped selling them for the time being.
Prior to losing its patent protection on January 1, 2014, the antidepressant drug Cymbalta was the top-selling drug for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. Now, the company is facing a growing number of lawsuits claiming the medication caused debilitating withdrawal side effects.
Last month, lawyers representing former Cymbalta users around the country asked a federal judicial panel to move all cases to one central court for more efficient handling. If granted, the move would create a Cymbalta multidistrict litigation (MDL) court where victims can share legal resources and pursue their individual suits.
So far, nearly 1,000 women have filed lawsuits over the popular IUD contraceptive Mirena after suffering serious uterus perforations that required surgery.
Now, a growing number of lawsuits over a different issue indicate the birth control insert from Bayer may have other dangers as well.
Last month, German drug manufacturer Bayer released their latest financial reports showing sales of the once-leading birth control pill Yaz has slowed by more than 10% in the past year.
Hidden deep in those records was additional information showing the company has spent nearly $2 billion on settlements for those who have been hospitalized for blood clots issues like stroke, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Last week, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation released their latest report detailing how many lawsuits are pending for various defective products around the country. These range from auto recall cases to BP Oil Spill litigation.
One of the largest cases, however, involves the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. On the market since 2001, the drugs have been linked to deadly blood clots that can cause deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
DrugNews has uncovered an increasing number of reports linking the blood thinner Xarelto with severe internal bleeding episodes. Now, litigation is also on the rise against Bayer, the company that makes the drug.
The resource center has learned a new lawsuit filed last month in Vermont alleges a man who had only been taking Xarelto for 10 days died after experiencing an unreversable brain hemorrhage.