NuvaRing Lawsuit Alleges Merck and Other Defendants Failed to Properly Disclose the Known Safety Hazards Associated with NuvaRing, Including an Increased Risk of Pulmonary Embolism.
The nationwide law firm of Wright & Schulte LLC has filed a NuvaRing injury lawsuit on behalf of a Cleveland, Ohio, woman who suffered bilateral pulmonary emboli after using the NuvaRing birth control device for several years. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, names Organon USA, Inc., N.V. Organon, Schering Corp., Merck & Co., Inc., and Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp. as Defendants (Case No. 1:12-cv-02216).
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff began using NuvaRing in 2008. On June 7, 2012, the young woman – then just 26-years-old – experienced shortness of breath, elevated blood pressure, and chest pain. Upon admittance to the hospital, a chest CT scan revealed that she was suffering from bilateral pulmonary emboli. The Plaintiff was immediately placed on Coumadin and Heparin and was hospitalized for three days.
The lawsuit claims that, as a direct and proximate result of using NuvaRing, the Plaintiff suffered injuries and continues with regular follow-up care including but not limited to Coumadin therapy and subsequent hospitalization.
The Plaintiff alleges that the Defendants knew, but failed to disclose, in violation of federal law, that NuvaRing had a higher risk of thromboembolic complications, including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and sudden death, compared to oral contraceptives, due to the markedly potentiated androgenic effects caused by etonogestrel, the synthetic, third-generation progestin used in the NuvaRing. Among other things, the complaint notes that the NuvaRing package insert stated that the vaginal ring is expected to be associated with similar risks to that of birth control pills. However, the safety information provided to the consumer was not derived primarily from studies of NuvaRing and, therefore, the package insert accompanying NuvaRing is misleading, the lawsuit claims.
Hundreds of young women have filed similar lawsuits alleging NuvaRing caused serious, life-threatening injuries, including pulmonary emboli, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, blood clots and stroke. The majority of those NuvaRing lawsuits have been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation before Rodney W. Sippel of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (MDL No. 1964). Additional NuvaRing claims are pending in a Mass Tort proceeding in the Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey (Docket No. BER-L-3081-09 MT).
According to a study published by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), NuvaRing raised the risk of blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, by 56% when compared to older birth control pills. Over the summer, two additional studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal indicated that users of NuvaRing faced a higher risk of suffering dangerous blood clots, as well as heart attacks and strokes.
Wright & Schulte LLC offers free lawsuit evaluations to victims of NuvaRing side effects. If you or someone you love suffered a blood clot, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, stroke or sudden death while using NuvaRing, please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call toll-FREE 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your options for legal recourse.
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