Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear reported securing a $17 million settlement with Bayer Corp., a U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based Bayer AG, over claims that it misled Kentucky women about risks associated with its birth control drugs Yasmin and Yaz.

The settlement resolves a 2013 lawsuit, brought by the Office of the Attorney General and continued by Beshear. The suit alleged from 2007-12, and again after 2015, Bayer failed to provide accurate marketing information to women about scientific evidence that indicated the two drugs (containing drospirenone) create a higher risk for blood clots compared to similar contraceptives containing first-generation progestins.

After litigation fees, a portion of the settlement will be available for the General Assembly to appropriate during the next budget session. Beshear said he would like to see the funds used to help Kentuckians access affordable health care and address other public health needs.

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