The NuvaRing (often misspelled as Nuva Ring or Newva Ring) is a low-dose hormonal, contraceptive device manufactured by Organon, a Dutch pharmaceutical company that was purchased last year by Schering Plough (which sells well known products such as Dr. Scholl’s and Coppertone)The NuvaRing is a small inter-vaginal device inserted by the user once a month to prevent pregnancy. Proponents of the NuvaRing advocate the ring’s low hormone dosage as well as its easy use, in comparison to the pill’s daily regimen.
Risks Associated with the NuvaRing
There are two main hormones used in birth control devices; progesterone and estrogen. Both of these hormones are capable of thickening the blood in the body. Thick blood increases the risk of a thrombotic incident such as a stroke, infarction, blood clot, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism or even in extreme cases death.
Unlike the pill which is ingested before the hormones that it contains are released into the body, the ring releases its hormones directly into the bloodstream. By ingesting the pill, it is estimated that up to 30% of the hormones it contains are absorbed in the digestive process rather than being released into the bloodstream. By releasing the hormones directly into the bloodstream, the hormones in the NuvaRing do not lose any potency causing a thrombotic event to be 30% more likely with the use of the ring as opposed the pill.
Lawsuits Involving the NuvaRing
Currently, our NuvaRing lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for users of the NuvaRing who suffered a thrombotic incident similar to those described above. Lawsuits are currently pending in the NuvaRing MDL class action lawsuit (for discovery). The NuvaRing’s manufacturer and related companies are the defendants: Organon USA, Inc., Organon Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., and Organon International, Inc. are being sued for not taking into account the higher level of hormone transference that occurs for users of the NuvaRing, and therefore not properly explaining the risk of using the NuvaRing in comparison to other methods of birth control such as the pill. That contention is an umbrella for the negligence and consumer fraud that are also promulgated by Organon’s lack of disclosure on the potential dangers of the ring.
There are a number of NuvaRing class action lawsuits currently pending. Our lawyers are reviewing NuvaRing injury cases around the country involving claims that NuvaRing can cause cardiac problems in women such as strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolisms, and in some extreme cases, even death. If you believe that you or someone you know may have suffered a serious injury as a result of using the NuvaRing, then please call one of our NuvaRing lawyers at 800-553-800 to discuss the potential settlement and/or lawsuit of your NuvaRing case or click here for a free confidential Internet NuvaRing lawsuit consultation.