Yasmin AwardDuring a trial at Cook County Circuit Court, Mariola Zapalski alleged that she suffered a stroke after taking the birth control drug Yasmin.  She claimed that the drug caused paralysis to her left side and also caused her permanent brain injury.  Zapalski alleged that her stroke occurred 13 days after she began taking Yasmin, which was prescribed to her by the defendant, Dr. Zbigniew Anio.

At the close of Zapalski’s two-week birth control trial, the jury awarded Zapalski $14 million.  According to the Chicago Tribune, earlier this year, “a $2.5 million settlement was reached with Resurrection Medical Center in the same case.”

Problems Associated With Pills Containing Drospirenone

The birth control pill Yasmin contains a synthetic hormone called drospirenone. Drospirenone is said to increase blood potassium levels, as well as amplify the risk of heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, and gallbladder disease.  After analyzing studies that displayed the dangers associated with drospirenone, the FDA intervened and modified the labels on the birth control pills that contained drospirenone.  The adjusted labels include a warning that birth control pills that contain drospirenone may be linked to a higher chance of blood clots than those pills that contain a hormone other than drospirenone.

Tide Of Lawsuits Filed By Injured Yasmin Users

This is not the first lawsuit filed by a plaintiff injured due to the side effects of Yasmin.  Since July of last year, the leading manufacturer of Yasmin, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, has apparently “settled the claims of 6,760 U.S. plaintiffs for a total of $1.4 billion.”

If you have suffered injuries after taking the Yasmin birth control pill, and have delayed filing a claim against Bayer, you should act fast.  Statute of limitation laws govern the amount of time you have to file your case.  Unfortunately, if you delay your claim, you may risk forfeiting your right to financial compensation.

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