NuvaRing Side Effects Lawsuits
NuvaRing is the trade name for a combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring that is available by prescription. Manufactured by Merck (formerly Schering-Plough), it is a flexible plastic ring composed of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer that is inserted vaginally and releases a low dose of progestin and estrogen to provide birth control. It is currently used by approximately 1.5 million women worldwide. However, due its ability to cause serious health complications, it can be a dangerous defective medical device for some women to use.
What Are The Problems With NuvaRing?
NuvaRing works through a combination of hormones that prevent ovulation, change cervical mucus making it difficult for sperm to enter, and reduce the likelihood of implantation. NuvaRing also contains etonogestrel, a hormone that can increase the risk of serious health conditions such as:
- Deep vein thrombosis – blood clot in legs, arms, or pelvis
- Arterial embolism – blood clot in arteries
- Pulmonary embolism – blood clot in lungs
- Other types of blood clots
- Heart attack
Are There NuvaRing Lawsuits?
With sales exceeding $623 million in 2011, NuvaRing has been prescribed approximately 5.5 million times since 2001.
More than 1,500 patients have filed federal lawsuits against Merck regarding NuvaRing side effects. The plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer created a defective product, failed to adequately test the product, engaged in deceptive marketing practices, and failed to properly alert consumers to the dangers associated with NuvaRing.
In October 2011, the FDA released a report based upon a study of over 800,000 women, which found that patients using NuvaRing have an increased risk of certain blood clots compared with users of lower dosage oral contraceptives. In another study conducted from 2001 to 2010, it was found that “women who use transdermal patches and vaginal rings for contraception have 7.9 and 6.5 times the increased risk of venous thrombosis compared with non-users of hormonal contraception of the same age.”
In February 2014, Merck reportedly agreed to pay $100 million to settle more than 1,700 NuvaRing lawsuits.
NuvaRing Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you know has experienced unwanted side effects as a result of using NuvaRing for birth control, contact one of our experienced trial attorneys to discuss your case at no charge. There may be a limited time to act, file suit, and obtain compensation for your damages.