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Makers of NuvaRing Birth Control Device Sued for Pulmonary Embolism



The husband of a Virginia woman who died of pulmonary blood clots has sued the makers of NuvaRing, a birth control device. This is the latest in a series of lawsuits against drug companies Merck & Company, Organon Biosciences NV, and others who either manufactured the drug or owned the company that did. A similar case involving blood clots was filed in Nebraska in 2010, where a woman died within five months of when she started using NuvaRing. The recently filed Virginia lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages. However, the possibility of blood clots is not the only side effect that has been reportedly studied in connection with NuvaRing. Heart attack, gall bladder disease, and birth defects have also been focused on as potential side effects, according to drugalert.org.

NuvaRing is an ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring that works as birth control medication by preventing ovulation and altering the lining of the uterus. The plaintiff in the Virginia suit claims that NuvaRing's manufacturers failed to develop proper studies that would have shown that the risk of blood clots is a side effect of the use of NuvaRing. The basis of the suit appears to be that NuvaRing's manufacturers failed to adequately test their product and warn potential users of its side effects. The plaintiff's wife died in 2009 due to blood clots in her pulmonary arteries.

NuvaRing Allegedly Causes Blood Clots

Approximately 750 people have filed lawsuits claiming injuries from blood clots allegedly caused by NuvaRing. More than 100 cases have been filed in state court in New Jersey with the remaining 600 plus cases being filed in federal court across the country. The New Jersey cases have been consolidated as a mass tort in Bergen County Superior Court while the federal cases are being handled via multidistrict litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri located in St. Louis. At present, it appears that the first cases should be ready for trial in 2012.

If you, a spouse, or a family member has been injured by the NuvaRing contraceptive device, you should contact an attorney experienced in product liability litigation to protect your rights.