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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

Merck offers $100 million to settle NuvaRing lawsuits

Plaintiff’s lawyers are meeting in Las Vegas this week to determine whether enough claimants opted in on a $100 million settlement offered by Merck & Co. for its contraceptive NuvaRing, which has been linked to life threatening blood clots. Under the agreement, 95 percent of the estimated 3,800 claimants must opt in. The average payment would be about $58,000, however each claim would be reviewed by attorneys using a formula that adds points based on injuries, and subtracts points for those who are smokers or who are underweight. Lawyers representing women who have filed NuvaRing lawsuits against Merck & Co. ... Read More

$100 million offered to plaintiffs in NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits

Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands lawsuits alleging the company’s contraceptive device NuvaRing caused life-threatening blood clots. The only caveat is that at least 95 percent of the eligible complainants must opt into the agreement otherwise no payouts will be made, a federal judge ruled. The deadline is March 10. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel called the settlement “a fair resolution of this litigation.” There are about 3,800 eligible participants in the settlement agreement, which includes more than 1,850 state and federal lawsuits as well as claims that have yet to be filed. NuvaRing is ... Read More

NuvaRing makers covered up blood clot risks with contraceptive device

Early one morning in June 2008, Lyndsey Agresta, then 27, called her mother and asked for help. She had an unbearable headache and asked her mother to drive her to the emergency room and look after her 5-year-old son. That was when “everything changed,” her mother, Diane Agresta recalls. Doctors discovered bleeding on her brain caused by a blood clot. It was an unusual diagnosis for a young woman, and doctors suspected her NuvaRing contraceptive device likely contributed to the blood clot. Doctors surgically removed two-thirds of Lyndsey’s right cerebral hemisphere, which left her paralyzed and in need of round-the-clock ... 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

Parody of BCP commercials does not diminish safety concerns

Sarah Haskins of Target Women, a recurring segment on Current TV’s weekly television show, infoMania, is known to some for her take on the often-ridiculous way the media reaches out to women. In this episode she tackles birth control commercials from Seasonique, Yaz and NuvaRing. Sarah’s take on the commercials is hysterical, but the ads alone are often comical with women kicking away signs of irritability and moodiness, and cartoon girls diving into pools. “We all know that birth control pills are 99.9 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. But did you know there is a pill that can do more?” ... Read More

Women deserve safer options in birth control

The contraceptive business has boomed since the birth control pill hit the market 50 years ago. Now birth control comes in the form of pills, patches, rings, implants and intrauterine devices, and the makers of such products claim they are even safer than before. Judging by the thousands lawsuits filed by women who claim they suffered life-threatening blood clots, strokes and gallbladder problems because of the contraceptives, safety may still be an issue. But Salon.com opinion editor Geraldine Sealey claims birth control pills brought on another, less known, side effect – the loss of her libido. “I hate the pill. ... Read More

Birth control pills celebrate 50th birthday, but safety still in question

Next month the birth control pill celebrates its 50th birthday in the United States. Since then, women’s choices in contraceptives have branched out from pills to patches and implants and injections and so on. Despite the many options now available, there are about 3.1 million unplanned pregnancies each year. Some speculate that women just don’t feel safe taking birth control. The first birth control pills approved for use in the 1960s contained high amounts of hormones, resulting in bothersome and sometimes dangerous side effects including mood swings, weight gain and blood clots. Since then, hormone levels in pills have dropped ... Read More

Lawsuits claim Nuvaring is just as dangerous as Ortho Evra patch, Yaz

Another contraceptive for women is finding its way into the courtroom, following in the footsteps of Bayer Healthcare’s Yaz pill and Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho Evra patch. This time Merck & Co. Inc., is facing a slew of lawsuits over the drug company’s Nuvaring. Plaintiffs claim that the “first and only, once-a-month vaginal birth control ring” is more dangerous than older and equally effective products on the market and has caused them to develop life-threatening blood clots. According to the Southeastern Texas Record, three east Texas women filed lawsuits against Merck & Co. Inc., alleging that they relied on misrepresentations ... Read More