Texas Yaz LawsuitAugust 5, 2015 — Bayer has agreed to pay $56.9 million to settle lawsuits involving arterial blood clot injuries (strokes and heart attacks) from its birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella.

As of July 17, Bayer has also settled approximately 9,900 claims involving venous blood clot injuries (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) for about $1.97 billion.

Additional settlements in nearly 600 lawsuits are being considered on a case-by-case basis, according to a regulatory filing issued last week.

Even after paying nearly $2 billion in settlements, Bayer still faces about 4,000 lawsuits involving drospirenone-containing birth control pills.

Law360 reports that the settlements were announced just as a “bellwether” trial was gearing up in Philadelphia. The plaintiff, Anna Tolentino, had a stroke after taking Yasmin and filed her lawsuit in August 2009 as part of a mass-tort program.

At the federal level, Bayer has been hit with about 12,000 lawsuits since 2009. Only about 2,800 cases remain. They are consolidated in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2100) in Illinois.

The lawsuits allege that Yaz and Yasmin were illegally marketed for “off-label” (unapproved) uses like acne, PMS, bloating, and more. After the FDA warned about studies linking drospirenone with a 50% increased risk of blood clots, many women said they were misled into choosing Bayer’s contraceptives over safer alternatives.

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