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Date posted: 8/26/2013

Following an unexpected rise in the number of women filing lawsuits over blood clot injuries tied to NuvaRing contraceptives, a federal judge recently postponed the start of the first Nuvaring lawsuit trial until January.

Fortunately, this may give victims who haven’t yet taken action more time to do so and may let the opposing sides reach a settlement to compensate those injured.

NuvaRing is a small, flexible contraceptive insert launched in 2000 by Organon Pharmaceuticals, which is now owned by Merck. Although it was marketed as a safe, low-dose alternative to daily pills, experts have warned that the constant and direct absorption of hormones may lead to blood clots.

Last year, both the British Medical Journal and New England Journal of Medicine released data suggesting vaginal ring birth control devices like NuvaRing could lead to a 300% increased risk of blood clots.

Blood clots can cause serious conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, stroke or even death. Unfortunately, Merck didn’t properly warn consumers of these dangers.

FDA adverse event reports indicate that nearly 3,000 women have already suffered a blood clot injury which was linked to NuvaRing, and insiders feel the actual rate could be much higher.

With a growing number of patients filing a NuvaRing lawsuit, a federal panel set up a special court in Missouri to expedite claims.

Now, court records show the number of lawsuits filed has risen from 1,296 on July 10 to 1,358 on August 15th. Judge Rodney Sippel, who is overseeing the cases, has now set the first trial to start on January 27th.

Lawyers are still helping those who were injured by blood clots after using NuvaRing. If you or a family member experienced a stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism, you may be entitled to compensation from Merck. It is important to learn your options and it costs nothing to speak with a lawyer.

DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms who have handled these type of NuvaRing lawsuits. Contact us today for more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to NuvaRing, or to speak with a lawyer.