November 20, 2012 - A study released last month by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics shows use of IUD devices such as NuvaRing is increasing compared with condoms and traditional pills. The study found popularity of the devices has risen 700% since 1995.
Unfortunately, experts have linked vaginal rings like NuvaRing to increased risks of blood clots. So far, the FDA has received more than 1,000 reports of patients suffering blood clot injury or death.
Anyone affected by blood clots, stroke, pulmonary embolism or DVT after using NuvaRing is urged to speak with a lawyer or learn their legal options as soon as possible.
Two major studies in 2012 questioned the safety of the birth control devices. On May 10, the British Medical Journal published a study linking vaginal rings like NuvaRing to as much as a 90% increased risk of blood clots. The New England Journal of Medicine followed on July 14 with another study finding vaginal ring contraceptives could relate to a 2.5 to 3-fold increased risk of blood clots.
In October of 2011, the FDA released its own research which found vaginal ring contraceptives could increase the risks of blood clots by as much as 56%.
To handle the volume of patients filing a NuvaRing lawsuit, cases have been consolidated into a federal Multi-District Litigation court in Missouri. So far, more than 1,000 cases have been filed.
On August 23, 2012, U.S. Federal District Judge Rodney W. Sippel scheduled NuvaRing lawsuit trials to start on May 6, 2013. This will set a precedent for other cases and could even prompt a settlement between Merck and the thousands of victims.
The DrugRisk Resource Center urges anyone affected by blood clots, stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism after using NuvaRing to learn their legal rights as soon as possible.
Due to the specialized nature of federal MDL drug injury cases, the Resource Center only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already handled NuvaRing lawsuits.
For more information on research, side effects and litigation news related to NuvaRing devices, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.