Holly started taking Yasmin in 2005, and says that just three months later, she began to have pain in the gallbladder area - on the right side of the rib cage, behind the liver. She had no idea that there was a link between Yasmin and a gallbladder attack - until she looked online after seeing a commercial on TV about Yasmin and its link to gallbladder disease. (Birth Control Pills rank eighth in causes or risk factors for gallbladder disease, according to gallbladderattack.com.)
“I read that many other women had the same problems as me and they had their gallbladders removed,” says Holly. “I was so mad. I phoned a few lawyers who all said they weren’t taking clients with gallbladder problems, but that was a few years ago. I recently found an attorney on LawyersandSettlements who said that Yasmin gallbladder lawsuits are now being settled. I’m glad they are finally doing something for women like me because I had to suffer through this, and it isn’t over.
“When I had the gallbladder attack, I actually passed out from the pain,” Holly explains. “I was rushed to hospital and had it taken out, right then and there. I had a gallstone the size of a golf ball in my bladder.” Holly was only 18 years old; she didn’t smoke and she wasn’t overweight. There was nothing to indicate that she was a candidate for gallbladder disease.
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Yasmin attorneys are advising gallbladder claimants to accept the gallbladder settlements. According to an order and agreement filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (March 15, 2013), Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $24 million to resolve claims of plaintiffs who allege that they developed gallbladder disease or underwent gallbladder surgery as a result of using Yasmin or Yaz drospirenone-containing birth control pills.