Safyral is among the stable of Bayer contraceptive products based on drospirenone, a synthetic hormone that is thought to carry fewer undesirable side effects than older-generation birth control pills. Safyral is, in fact, the oral contraceptive Yasmin (drospirenone 3 mg /ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg) with the added benefit of the B vitamin folate. Bayer has found a receptive market in contraceptive products that carry added value, such as the addition of folate that wards against rare neural tube defects in developing infants, should a woman become pregnant.
But due to the closeness of the two formulations, Safyral side effects constitute an automatic reference to Yasmin.
To that end, any reference to blood clots and deep vein thrombosis with regard to Yasmin, is also a reference to Safyral blood clots due to the fact the two contraceptives are, for all intents and purposes, one and the same.
However, by virtue of its Q3 summary, of all its contraceptive products, Bayer appears to be fixated on Yasmin and Yaz. What also appears to be an important aspect of any legal issue surrounding a product - including settlements with individuals or groups of individuals alleging drospirenone side effects - is that such settlements are put forward and undertaken without admission of liability.
From Bayer’s Q3 Report, dated October 31, 2013:
“As of October 18, 2013, Bayer had reached agreements, without admission of liability, to settle the claims of approximately 7,660 claimants in the US for a total amount of about US$1.575 billion. Bayer has only been settling claims in the US for venous clot injuries (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) after a case-specific analysis of medical records on a rolling basis. Such injuries are alleged by about 2,300 of the pending unsettled claimants. Bayer will continue to consider the option of settling such individual lawsuits in the US on a case-by-case basis.”
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While there has been plenty of legal activity over Yasmin and Yaz with regard to blood clots and DVT, according to blogger Tom Lamb writing in Drug Industry Watch, there appears to be little interest on the part of Bayer in negotiating settlements involving alleged cases of arterial clots that can lead to strokes and other serious health consequences.
Safyral is among the drospirenone-based contraceptives referenced as a potential source for arterial Safyral blood clots.