Drug companies have marketed vaginal ring contraceptives like NuvaRing as safe and convenient alternatives to birth control pills. As a result, more than 5 million NuvaRing prescriptions were filled last year in the United States.
However, NuvaRing research recently published by the U.S. FDA, New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal have suggested that these devices may have greater dangers for blood clots than traditional birth control pills.
NuvaRing contraceptives may contain lower total hormone amounts than pills, however, with vaginal rings, the chemicals are released directly and constantly into the bloodstream. This can often result in women receiving a higher overall hormone dose, which can raise potassium levels in the blood and the risk for blood clots.
So far, the FDA’s NuvaRing research efforts have gathered more than 1,000 reports of women suffering serious blood clot injuries while using the devices. Many of these have filed legal claims for their injuries, which have been consolidated into a special federal court.
If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot, pulmonary embolism, DVT or stroke after using NuvaRing, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your options.
In October of 2011, the FDA first published NuvaRing research showing vaginal ring contraceptive devices could raise the risk of blood clots, DVT, stroke and pulmonary embolism by as much as 56% over traditional low-dose estrogen birth control pills.
The British Medical Journal then published a Danish study in May of 2012 which also found that vaginal ring contraceptives like NuvaRing could increase the risk of blood clots by as much as 90% over oral contraceptives.
Most recently, the New England Journal of Medicine released a study on June 14, 2012 which indicated NuvaRing devices could lead to 2 ½ to 3 times the risk of blood clots over birth control pills, or 6 times the risk of no hormone use.
Despite this troubling NuvaRing research, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reported in October of 2012 that use of IUD devices like NuvaRing are up as much as 700% since 1995.
More than 1,000 women and families have now filed lawsuits for NuvaRing side effects. Lawyers are still helping those affected by blood clots file claims. They are available to discuss your case today, such as how much it may be worth and how long you have to take action.
Defective drug injury lawsuits can be complex and highly specialized. Before you choose a lawyer, 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.
Contact us today for more information on the side effects, research and litigation related to NuvaRing, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.