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Merck reaches $100 million settlement in NuvaRing side effects lawsuits

A $100 million settlement involving life threatening side effects from Merck’s NuvaRing birth control device will stand now that a vast majority of claimants have agreed to the terms of the settlement. The settlement was approved by U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel of St. Louis in February; however, Merck had the opportunity to abandon the deal if it did not get at least 95 percent of the claimants to sign off on the terms. About 3,800 people will share in the settlement. NuvaRing was approved as a contraceptive device in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It ... Read More

New blood clot warning with NuvaRing contraceptive device

A new warning has been added to the safety label of the NuvaRing contraceptive vaginal ring, alerting health care providers and women that the birth control method should be discontinued if symptoms of blood clots are experienced. Symptoms of blood clots include chest pain; shortness of breath; upper body discomfort such as in the arms, back, neck or jaw; redness, warmth or swelling in the lower leg; headaches; speech changes; paralysis, dizziness; or trouble speaking. “Stop NuvaRing use if an arterial thrombotic or venous thromboembolic event (VTE) occurs,” the warning reads. “Stop NuvaRing use if there is unexplained loss of ... Read More