Last year, drug maker Merck made an estimated $664 million from their popular contraceptive NuvaRing. However, pressure is mounting as studies show the devices may cause blood clots and more and more women are filing injury lawsuits.
NuvaRing was first sold in the United States in 2002, and has been used by millions of women since. Its easy, at-home insertion and month-long effectiveness make it an attractive alternative to daily pills or IUDs that require outpatient procedures.
However, experts have suggested the constant and direct absorption of hormones into the bloodstream from NuvaRing may cause higher risks for blood clots than pills.
A recent study featured in the New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal found blood clot rates could be 2-3% higher with NuvaRing than birth control pills, and 6% higher than non-hormonal contraceptives.
Many of those who chose NuvaRing as their birth control wouldn’t have done so had they known the risks. Blood clots can cause serious conditions like deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or stroke. Some even result in death.
Unfortunately, Merck didn’t properly warn about these blood clots risks. Thousands of women have already filed lawsuits after serious injury or hospitalization.
Most cases have been consolidated to a special federal NuvaRing court, where victims from around the country can share evidence and unite to seek compensation from the manufacturer that has earned billions in profits.
In the latest court records, 1,658 families had filed a NuvaRing lawsuit, a rise of over 6% in a month.
Now, Judge Sippel, who oversees the federal cases, has halted all trial proceedings through May 31st to give lawyers for both sides time to work on a settlement. This could help those victims who have already filed a case as well as those who have yet to do so.
The FDA has so far refused to issue a NuvaRing recall. However, if you or a family member have suffered a blood clot, DVT, pulmonary embolism or stroke, you have the right to seek compensation.
Lawyers can discuss you case today and answer questions like, “Should I file a NuvaRing lawsuit?” Help is free and it costs nothing to file a claim unless you are awarded compensation.
Due to the complexity of these cases however, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled NuvaRing lawsuits.
For the latest NuvaRing lawsuit update 2014, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.