Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are common birth control pills manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
These drugs have been shown to increase risks for blood clots, leading to pulmonary embolisms, stroke, and even death. Bayer advertised these pills exaggerating their use and benefits, and downplaying their side effects and risks. The lack of research before marketing the pills and the delayed reaction to address reports of complications caused additional injuries to its users.
According to Bayer, as of March 2014, it had settled 8,250 cases for approximately $1.7 billion. Currently more cases are pending resolution in courts nationwide.