Bayer settles some Yasmin lawsuits for $402 million

Posted by Sarah Showard | Aug 22, 2012 | 0 Comments


Bayer AG, maker of Yasmin birth control pills, has paid more than $402 million to settle nearly 1,900 lawsuits in the U.S., the company told stockholders. Bayer also reported that it has doubled its reserve to $610.5 million to settle future cases.

The settled lawsuits were filed over claims that Yasmin and Yaz contraceptives caused clots that could lead to heart attacks and strokes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered Bayer and other contraceptive manufacturers in April to update labels to warn consumers that the synthetic hormone drospirenone may triple the risk of blood clots.

More than 12,000 lawsuits were filed against Bayer because of Yasmin, Bloomberg News reported. The company has agreed to settle 1,877 cases that claim the drug caused clots in women's veins. One attorney involved in the lawsuits told Bloomberg that Bayer is refusing to settle other lawsuits that allege more serious injuries because the clots formed in the arteries.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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