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$14M awarded in suit linking contraceptive, stroke

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:32 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2014



CHICAGO >> A jury has awarded $14 million to a suburban Chicago woman who sued her doctor over a debilitating stroke she suffered after taking the birth control drug Yasmin.

Lawyers for Mariola Zapalski, of Elmwood Park, say the stroke occurred 13 days after she began taking the drug, paralyzing her left side and causing permanent brain injury.

Defendant Dr. Zbigniew (ZBEEG'-nyehf) Aniol declined to comment Saturday.

Friday's verdict came after a two-week trial in Cook County Circuit Court. A $2.5 million settlement in the same matter was reached a month ago with Resurrection Medical Center.

Drugmaker Bayer has also faced lawsuits from women claiming the contraceptive caused blood clots that led to serious health consequences.

The company stands by the drug and says it is safe if used as directed.







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cojef wrote:
Sad where a doctor in good faith prescribed FDA approved drugs and becomes a defendant to suit. Tort reform is necessary to protect innocent doctors from frivolous suits.
on April 19,2014 | 08:15AM
awahana wrote:
Don't people pay attention to all the contraindications mentioned in these pharma ads?
The list of risks are over half the length of the commercial! Auwe!
the safest cure.
on April 19,2014 | 12:43PM
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