Saturday, June 7th was “Protest The Pill Day,” an event organized to inform women about the risks associated with birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. Bayer’s top-selling birth control pills have been linked to an increased risk of blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis, which can cause heart attacks and stroke.
Thousands of women have suffered birth control side effects from Yaz and Yasmin, and dozens of women around the world have suffered blood clot heart attacks and stroke attributed to the pills, including at least 23 women in Canada. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formed an expert panel which recommended adding a blood clot warning to Yaz and Yasmin.
Bayer is expected to face thousands of Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits alleging that the drug caused blood clots in otherwise healthy women. The company has already settled some birth control pill lawsuits for more than $1.4 billion for more than 6,700 women as of July 2013.