According to Merck company filings, there are now about 1,500 filed product liability lawsuits involving injuries from NuvaRing blood clots. These women claim that the contraceptive ring increased the risk of blood clots, other serious and potentially deadly side effects.
NuvaRing is a vaginal contraceptive ring, made by Merck’s Organon subsidiary, which is placed in the vagina. The ring releases a combination of estrogen, ethinyl estradiol and the “third generation” progestin, etonogestrel. The ring is replaced every month.
According to the Merck report, the majority of the cases are in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri before Judge Sippel as part of an MDL, or Multi-District Litigation.
Merck, reports that there are about 1,285 cases in the NuvaRing MDL, and about 200 lawsuits in the New Jersey state court system, where they have been centralized in Bergen County Superior Court.
There are also 9 cases pending in various other state courts, including 2 cases that are being coordinated in the San Francisco Superior Court in California.
NuvaRing Injury Claims
The NuvaRing injury lawsuits involve allegations that the birth control ring increases the risk of blood clots compared to other forms of contraception.
Furthermore, that Merck’s Organon subsidiary failed to warn women or doctors about the risk of a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke or other blood-clot injury.
NuvaRing Settlement Negotiations In Progress
A group of cases are being prepared for early trial dates, known as “bellwether” lawsuits. The first NuvaRing trial, involving a lawsuit filed by Marianna Prather, is now scheduled to begin January 27, 2014, and the parties have been ordered to continue discussions with a mediator to review potential resolutions for the litigation.
The parties are quietly confident that a global settlement may be announced in the coming months, but if settlement talks break down, then the bellwether trial outcomes may force Merck’s hand.
Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a licensed Texas Medical Doctor and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.