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Serious side effects like Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Stroke have been linked the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. Cases are currently settling.

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Yaz & Yasmin Birth Control Pill

In recent years, the birth control medications Yaz and Yasmin have been used by more than 100 million women. Yasmin was first approved by the FDA in 2001 and Yaz, later, in 2006. They are manufactured and sold by Bayer Healthcare, a German drug company. 

However, you may know that the FDA and leading health safety groups have warned about the risk of blood clots associated with these medications, and Bayer has paid nearly $1.75 billion to settle injury claims. 

Yaz and Yasmin first became widely used when the drugs were marketed as birth control alternatives that promised women relief from PMS, bloating, and acne when compared to traditional oral contraceptives.

In short:

  • Yaz & Yasmin have not been recalled.

  • Major blood clot side effects have been identified.

  • Attorneys have filed lawsuits on behalf of Yaz & Yasmin users.

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So far, the FDA has received over 50 reports of death among women taking Yaz or Yasmin. 

They have also received adverse event reports indicating more than 20,000 episodes of blood clot injuries, such as pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, linked to the drugs.

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If you have suffered a blood clot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or DVT after taking Yaz, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. Substantial compensation may be available through a Yasmin or Yaz settlement from Bayer.

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Over 12,000 women have filed lawsuits for severe blood clot injury side effects.

Bayer has paid more than $1.8 Billion with an average case value of over $200,000.

Assistance is available. Speak with a patient advocate today.

What is yaz?

What makes Yaz and Yasmin different from other birth control medications is that others contain only one hormone, progestin, while Yaz and Yasmin are combination pills that use both estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. 

What's more, the type of progestin used in Yaz and Yasmin is different from other pills. And, in recent studies, this synthetic progestin hormone -- drospirenone -- has been linked to an increased risk of blood clots. 

A blood clot can break loose, and move through the body to the lungs, leg or thigh, or brain, causing serious or even fatal problems including stroke, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism. 

The FDA, European Medicines Agency, British Medical Journal and New England Journal of Medicine have issued warnings against Yaz and Yasmin because of their link to blood clots. 

If you have suffered a blood clot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or DVT after taking Yaz, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. Substantial compensation may be available through a Yasmin or Yaz settlement from Bayer. 

yaz & yasmin ADVERSE REPORTS


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The progestin hormone drospirenone, used in the popular birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin, has been linked to serious health problems. Research has revealed that this chemical can raise levels of potassium in the blood, which increases the risk of blood clots. 

Blood clots can lead to serious and life-threatening conditions, including: 

Blood clots are hardened clusters of blood, and are the body’s natural defense mechanism in healing wounds and repairing injured blood vessels. However, they can also form as a result of drug side effects, as with Yasmin or Yaz blood clots.

When a blood clot breaks free, it travels through the bloodstream, reaching the heart, lungs, brain, or other organs. Serious injury or even death can result. 

If you think that you are experiencing symptoms related to any of these conditions, call your doctor right away. 

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yaz warnings

In 2011, the British Medical Journal and the FDA both published studies that showed a link between the hormone in Yaz and a substantially increased risk of blood clots, DVT, and/or pulmonary embolism.

Then, on May 31, 2012, the QuarterWatch report from the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices ranked Yaz and Yasmin second highest for the number of complications reported to the FDA in the previous year. 

In October of 2012, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued warnings that birth control pills containing drospirenone may have a higher risk of causing blood clots. 

Since Bayer did not properly warn women of these risks, the company has paid nearly $1.75 billion so far to compensate women who have been injured; Bayer continues to settle cases. 

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has there been a yaz recall?

Due to recent safety concerns over these drugs, many critics are now insisting that Yasmin and Yaz be recalled. No official recall has been issued at this point, though. 

Recently, drug safety experts have found that the synthetic hormone used in Yaz and Yasmin, known as drospirenone, can elevate potassium levels in the blood, leading to dangerous side effects: 

  • stroke
  • deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • pulmonary embolism
  • blood clots

So far, Bayer has settled more than 9,000 blood clot lawsuits at an average of more than $200,000 per case. They have also pledged additional funds to compensate certain new cases. However, without a Yasmin or Yaz recall from the FDA, the number of women suffering the drugs' dangerous side effects could continue to rise. 


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Research and Studies

So far, the FDA has received over 50 reports of death and thousands of reports of injury among women taking Yaz or Yasmin. 

Research shows as many as 5,806 adverse reports have been filed for pulmonary embolism and 4,800 for deep vein thrombosis in women taking either drug.

The FDA has issued warnings to Bayer and required that the company run advertisements and make label changes to address these risks. However, experts fear that many women may still not know of the dangers.

Due to the failure of Bayer to properly warn of these dangers, those patients affected have filed lawsuits and the drug company is currently paying settlements for blood clot injuries and other injuries caused by using these medications.

Yaz lawsuit information

If you suffered a blood clot, DVT, pulmonary embolism or stroke after taking Yaz, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to find out how to be included in the current Yaz settlement. Based on Bayer’s most recent financial records update, they have already spent approximately $1.75 billion to settle nearly 9,000 claims. More funds have been reserved for those affected; however, victims must still file a Yaz lawsuit to take part in the settlement, and time is limited. 

Due to the number of patients filing Yaz lawsuits, the cases were consolidated to a special federal Multi-District Litigation court in Illinois. This differs from a class action lawsuit in that claims are still handled individually, which can result in higher awards. Victims are also free to choose their own legal representation. 

Those who have endured lost wages, medical bills, hospitalization, ongoing treatment or pain and suffering from blood clots can get help from a lawsuit settlement. Lawyers are still helping those affected file claims; however, recent news indicates that litigation could end this year. 

Bayer has indicated they are only settling lawsuits involving blood clot injuries and that only certain cases may qualify. If you have been treated for a blood clot injury such as DVT, pulmonary embolism, or stroke after taking Yaz, it is important to find out whether you qualify for a lawsuit, how to proceed, and how long you have to take action. A lawyer can discuss your situation today.

Due to the complex and specialized nature of federal defective drug litigation, it is important to find a lawyer or law firm with experience fighting large drug companies. 

The DrugNews Center only recommends lawyers who specialize in defective drug cases and have already settled numerous Yaz lawsuits. 

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Blood Clot Warning for Millions of Women. British Journal of Family Medicine. (February 2014). Retrieved from

Bayer 2014 Q1 Report, Explanatory Notes, Legal Risks. (April 28, 2014). Retrieved from