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February 12, 2014 / Nazareth M. Haysbert

Side Effects of NuvaRing Contraceptive Forces Merck Into $100 Million Settlement

New Jersey based drugmaker Merck has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by women and families of women, who have suffered severe side effects, including heart attacks, stroke, and death, from use of Merck’s NuvaRing contraceptive ring. The settlement was announced just one day after the American Heart Association issued new guidelines recommending that women using an oral contraceptive, which includes NuvaRing, get screened for high blood pressure because the contraceptive “can up risks for blood clots and stroke.” Severe side effects connected to NuvaRing include blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer of the reproductive organs and breasts.

Merck has refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing, and still supports the research that led to the approval of NuvaRing, but has stated it will settle all U.S. litigation involving the product to avoid further litigation. The settlement will also cover some patients eligible to sue Merck but who have yet to file suit.

The settlement could resolve as many as 3,800 cases, including lawsuits filed in New Jersey by more than 200 women who accused the drugmaker of selling NuvaRing despite knowing it posed a higher risk of heart attack-inducing blood clots than competing products.

If you have purchased the NuvaRing contraceptive, experienced a negative side effect, or had a family member die from side effects linked to the NuvaRing contraceptive, contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for more information and a free consultation regarding your possible claims.

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