The FDA, British Medical Journal, and New England Journal of Medicine have all published studies in the last two years indicating vaginal ring contraceptive devices like NuvaRing can increase the risk of blood clots.
Blood clots are hardened clusters of blood that form in the body, Although they can be a natural defense mechanism used to heal wounds and repair injured blood vessels, they can also form unnecessarily as a result of drug side effects, such as with NuvaRing blood clots.
While a blood clot can cause pain, swelling and redness, it is when the clot breaks free that serious injury can be inflicted. A blood clot travelling through the bloodstream can block oxygen to the heart, lungs, brain or other organs, causing serious injury or even death.
If you have used a vaginal ring contraceptive, it is important to monitor for symptoms of NuvaRing blood clots, which can include:
So far, thousands of women have reported complications to the FDA or filed lawsuits for blood clot injuries like DVT, stroke or pulmonary embolism from NuvaRing. A federal judge recently ordered that these trials will start in early 2013, however, there is still time to file a claim.
If you or a loved one developed a blood clot after using a NuvaRing device, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. It is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. Contact us today.
In October of 2011, the FDA first published research warning of NuvaRing blood clots, which found that vaginal ring contraceptive devices could increase these conditions by as much as 56% over traditional low-dose estrogen birth control pills.
The British Medical Journal then published a study from Denmark in May of 2012 which also found that vaginal ring contraceptives like NuvaRing could raise blood clot risks by as much as 90% over oral contraceptives.
Most recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published research on June 14, 2012 showing these contraceptive devices could increase blood clot risks by 2 ½ to 3 times over birth control pills, or 6 times over the risk of no hormone use.
The federal judge in charge of NuvaRing litigation recently ordered Merck to disclose safety studies which may show that the company knew of the risk of NuvaRing blood clots, but did not warn women using the device.
A lawyer can discuss whether you qualify for a case and how long you have to take action. Before choosing any lawyer, however, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies. The DrugRisk Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in NuvaRing lawsuits.
For more information on NuvaRing side effects, research and litigation, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.
Authored by Chris Schroeder