For women who used the NuvaRing contraceptive, there have been serious side effects and injuries that led to blood clots, strokes and even death from this dangerous product. Although the NuvaRing contains many of the same hormones that other contraceptive drugs use, the dosage may have been higher due to the way they are absorbed into the system. The manufacturers of this product are currently being sued by patients and their families for not explaining the risks of the product that has caused many serious injuries and even deaths.
How NuvaRing Works
The NuvaRing was released for sale in 2002, manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co., Inc. The contraceptive is a flexible plastic ring that is inserted into the vagina that releases female hormones, estrogen and progestin, into the body. These hormones work together to prevent the ovaries from producing mature eggs, the same way many oral contraceptives work.
The ring is inserted for three weeks of the month, then removed for one week. The benefit of the ring is that there is no risk of forgetting to take a pill every day, making it more effective in preventing pregnancy. When the product was released in 2002, it had an FDA-warning printed on all packaging, similar to oral contraceptives using the same hormones that stated: “Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects when you use combination oral contraceptives, including NuvaRing. This risk increases even more if you are over age 35 and if you smoke 15 or more cigarettes a day. Women who use combination hormonal contraceptives, like NuvaRing, are strongly advised not to smoke.”
Problems With NuvaRing
Although the NuvaRing used the same hormones as many oral contraceptives and had the same warning for smokers, the product had a different delivery system that may have increased the dosage of these hormones. Unlike oral drugs, the NuvaRing delivered these hormones directly to the blood stream, which may result in higher dosages than oral contraceptives. These dosages may be linked to the higher risk of side effects from contraceptives such as:
- Blood clots. The hormones in NuvaRing and other similar contraceptives can cause changes in the bodies blood clotting, creating blood clots that can lead to blindness and blood clots to the lungs.
- Strokes and heart attacks. There is an increased risk of blockages forming to the brain (stroke) or blockages to the heart (heart attack) when taking the hormones that are in NuvaRing.
- Cancer. Higher instances of breast and reproductive organ cancer have been found in those women who use contraceptives such as NuvaRing.
- High blood pressure and heart disease. Contraceptives that use the dual hormones such as NuvaRing have an increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other contributors to heart disease.
It is estimated that over 1.5 million women worldwide use the NuvaRing and are at higher risk of injury. At least two deaths have been attributed to the product as well as many other illnesses and injuries. A multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been formed to oversee lawsuits from patients that have been harmed by this product, with patients and their families claiming the risks were not properly explained and the the drug was marketed aggressively as safe as oral birth control pills.Attorneys For Women With NovaRing Complications
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to securing the most favorable results for each woman who has suffered an adverse condition following use of NovaRing contraceptive devices. Our lawyers appreciate the fact that these defective devices impact both the woman and her entire family. If you suspect that you have suffered a complication related to NovaRing contact our law firm for a free case evaluation where we can advise you of your legal options.
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