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New Label Lawsuit Gives Bayer a Headache


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New Label Lawsuit Gives Bayer a Headache

Bayer AG, one of the biggest German drug makers, has to pay at least $110 million as a result of several hundred lawsuits over the labels of its birth control pills.

Yasmin, the brand's line of birth control, caused blood clots in some users despite the product labels not mentioning this possibility on the label or packaging. Now, the German pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay approximately $220,000 per case, according to reports two anonymous sources gave to Bloomberg Businessweek.

"Bayer's contraceptives generated $1.58 billion in sales in 2010, making them the drug maker's biggest-selling drugs after Betaseron, a multiple sclerosis medication," the news source added. "The Yasmin drugs have been the focus of regulators who question their safety."

In response to the lawsuit, Bayer has altered the labels to add a warning about blood clots.

Bayer isn't the only contraceptive manufacturer facing these claims either. Because modern birth control pills are made through a different process, many manufacturers have yet to update their packaging to reflect the increased risk of blood clots.