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Date posted: 7/24/2013

With mounting research suggesting that the NuvaRing contraceptive device may be linked to higher risks of blood clots despite no warning to patients from manufacturer Merck, experts fear thousands of women may have suffered injury.

Already, nearly 1,300 women have filed lawsuits for conditions like deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in a special federal court. Now, with trials set to start in October, Merck is making a last-ditch effort to have cases dismissed. Fortunately, a judge has sided in favor of victims.

NuvaRing is a flexible plastic vaginal ring that is inserted once per month to prevent pregnancy. Since it releases hormones directly into the bloodstream on a constant basis, experts fear it could have higher risks for blood clots than traditional birth control pills.

Last year, both the New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal published research suggesting vaginal ring contraceptives might have a 2.5 to 6-time higher rate of blood clots. These can cause stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism.

So far, the FDA has already received over 2,500 reports of women experiencing blood clot injuries with NuvaRing, and many estimate only 10% of cases are reported to the FDA. There is no NuvaRing recall, however, those injured can file lawsuits in a special multi-district court.

The number of NuvaRing lawsuits has grown more than 11% in recent months to 1,296, as trials set to start in October. This month, Merck tried to dismiss the first of these cases, where Marianne Prather alleges NuvaRing caused her DVT and pulmonary embolism. However, U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel, who is overseeing the litigation, denied the motion.

Lawyers are still helping those injured by NuvaRing blood clots. If you or a loved one suffered a stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism after using NuvaRing, it is important to learn your options. It costs nothing to find out whether your case qualifies and how much time you have to take action.

DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms who have handled these complex 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.