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Thousands of suits filed against Bayer over Yaz risks

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois continues receiving lawsuits filed against the pharmaceutical giant, Bayer. Many of the product liability suits have been consolidated as it is a multidistrict litigation.

Literally, thousands of cases have been made against the drug maker, each of them associated with the company's birth control pills. The fourth-generation oral contraceptive Yaz is at the heart of most of the cases -- many plaintiffs have alleged that they were using the birth control without full knowledge of potential side effects.

According to the claims, Bayer did not adequately warn consumers about the harmful effects that administering the birth control regiment might have. Instead, the company marketed the product as a safe form of oral contraceptive, allowing many women to become exposed to a number of conditions related to blood clots.

These conditions include deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. With an increased risk for blood clots, many of these women had a heightened chance of experiencing a stroke. Some of the plaintiffs have experienced the effects of such a stroke and are claiming that the stroke was caused by Yaz. If this can be proved in court, a large monetary sum may be awarded in exchange for the suffering and damages caused by the drug.

At least one wrongful death suit has been filed amongst the thousands of other cases. That claim was filed in late June after the wife of the plaintiff passed away due to a stroke that he believes was associated to her use of Yaz. The husband says that his wife was not aware of the risks associated with the use of the contraceptive.

Many of the cases are being settled out of court by Bayer. This is likely to save the company from affording litigation costs. According to reports, the average amount a plaintiff is receiving is $218,000.

Source: Injury Lawyer News, "Yaz Wrongful Death Lawsuit Demands Damages," Elise Kramer, July 24, 2012

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