prescription200Bayer AG has agreed to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of plaintiffs who claim to have sustained gallbladder injuries associated with the pharmaceutical company's Yaz and Yasmin oral contraceptives. In an agreement reached on March 15, Bayer agreed to pay up to $24 million to settle gallbladder injury claims consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, as well as in state courts in New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania. If you took Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills and you have since suffered a gallbladder injury or another serious side effect, our consumer advocates can help you get in touch with a reputable attorney who has experience handling drug injury claims in your area.

Awards for Yaz, Yasmin Patients With Gallbladder Injuries

Under the agreement, Bayer will pay $2,000 to individuals who experienced gallbladder injuries and $3,000 to individuals who had their gallbladders removed. These awards may be reduced however, depending on the number of women who file claims against Bayer, since the settlement is capped at $24 million. Although Bayer said in a statement that the company does not believe that Yasmin and Yaz oral contraceptives increase the risk of gallbladder disease, a spokesperson for the pharmaceutical firm said, "the company has agreed to this settlement, without admission of liability, in order to avoid protracted and expensive litigation and to resolve the vast majority of pending gallbladder claims."

Injuries Possibly Linked to Yaz, Yasmin

Gallbladder injury isn't the only side effect potentially linked to Bayer's birth control pills that has led to lawsuits being filed against the company. In an annual report filed in February, Bayer said it had reached agreements to pay $1 billion to settle claims brought by 4,800 individuals in the United States who claim that Yaz and Yasmin medications caused them to suffer blood clots, resulting in strokes, heart attacks or other injuries. After reviewing safety data associated with the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its decision in April 2012, to revise labels on Yaz, Yasmin and similar birth control pills to include warnings about blood clots.

Contact a Qualified Attorney for Legal Help

There are approximately 8,000 lawsuits already filed against Bayer alleging gallbladder injuries, and the latest settlement is open to plaintiffs who allege a gallbladder injury, either on its own or in combination with another claim. If you have suffered a gallbladder injury or another major complication that you believe to be related to Bayer's Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills, contact a qualified lawyer in your area for legal help. You may have grounds to file a lawsuit against Bayer, in order to pursue financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other damages related to your injuries.