Thousands of Women Sue Merck Over Complications from Birth Control Device NuvaRing

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Products Liability Lawyer

You may never have heard of the contraceptive NuvaRing. All too often when I hear about it, it’s for all of the wrong reasons and involves injury and illness to women.

I have been seeing a number of product liability cases in which clients have been hurt by medication or devices which were meant to improve their health.


The vaginal ring contraceptive NuvaRing is the latest device to lead to a flood of lawsuits.

When NuvaRing first arrived on the market in 2001, its manufacturer Merck marketed it as a safe and more convenient form of birth control.

The product is a flexible ring that’s inserted into the vagina. It releases hormones that prevent pregnancy.

The product offered women the advantage of not having to remember to take a daily pill to prevent pregnancy.

As with many devices manufactured by drug companies that are looking first and foremost at the bottom line, NuvaRing has a serious downside.

Women started to report extremely serious injury after using this birth control ring including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism and strokes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looked into the health claims and published a study in 2011 which showed that vaginal ring contraceptives such as NuvaRing may raise the risk of serious blood clots by up to 56 percent when compared to low-dose birth control pills.

As Virginia Beach injury lawyers, we have watched the problems associated with NuvaRing mount at an alarming rate.

More than 1,000 lawsuits related to this product are set to go to trial in the fall of 2013.

Our Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyers accept NuvaRing cases. Call us for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.


About Cooper Hurley Law

Experienced personal injury attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley are the partners of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. They are joined by attorneys Griff O'Hanlon and Bill O'Mara. The firm has a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Cooper Hurley works with clients who have been injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, those who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, and people hurt at businesses and by dangerous products.
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