The popular once-a-month birth control device NuvaRing has been in the news lately due to pressure from generic competition and thousands of patients suffering injury or death from blood clots.
Now, as new court records show the number of lawsuits against parent company Merck have risen, a federal judge has postponed all trial activity to see if lawyers representing victims and the company can reach a settlement to compensate those injured.
The NuvaRing contraceptive is a flexible plastic vaginal ring that is inserted once a month. It is used by millions of women worldwide and in the U.S. and provides up to 99% effectiveness. However, experts have identified serious health risks.
A 2012 study from Europe found that vaginal ring contraceptives like NuvaRing were linked to 6 times the risk of blood clot injuries.
The FDA has already received thousands of reports of women suffering problems like stroke, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism while using the device. However, there is no NuvaRing recall.
Those affected do have rights, however. Rather than a class action lawsuit against NuvaRing, thousands have filed an individual NuvaRing lawsuit in federal or state courts.
The latest court records show 1,658 cases have been filed just in the special federal multidistrict litigation NuvaRing court in Missouri.
Now, Judge Rodney Sippel, who presides over the federal cases, has postponed all trial activity while lawyers for both sides reportedly work to reach a settlement. This could provide compensation for those victims who have already filed a case as well as those who have yet to do so.
Just last year, Merck made an estimated $664 million from sales of NuvaRing. Those who have suffered injury, hospitalization or worse from blood clot injuries deserve to get help if the device is shown to be dangerous.
Patients asking, “Should I file a NuvaRing lawsuit?” should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Help is available for those who’ve suffered a blood clot, stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism, and it costs nothing unless you are compensated.
However, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled NuvaRing lawsuits.
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