After some delay, the honorable Rodney W. Sippel, the federal judge overseeing the NuvaRing multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, has ordered the first trial to begin in May 2013. The order was issued by Judge Sippel in September 2012.
Delays Were Due to Defendant Confusion
NuvaRing was originally manufactured and sold by Organon Pharmaceuticals, a Dutch company. In 2007, Organon was purchased by Schering-Plough, and in 2009, Schering-Plough merged with Merck. All the corporate changing-of-hands created some confusion as to which company plaintiffs were to sue.
On May 3, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a stipulation stating that “Schering Corporation,” “Organon USA, Inc,” and “N.V. Organon” are the corporate entities to be named in personal injury actions pertaining to NuvaRing, since the former companies were in possession of materials having to do with manufacture, testing, clinical trials, regulatory approval, and marketing of the birth control device.
Women have had access to NuvaRing since early 2002, and by 2007, 1.5 million women worldwide were using the contraceptive device. Unfortunately, the side effects associated with NuvaRing are similar to those of traditional birth control pills, but with one exception: many women were choosing to skip the break week and regular menstrual periods by inserting fresh devices back-to-back. This practice increased the likelihood of dangerous side effects such as stroke, blood clot, deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE). According to studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine, women are 1.5 to 2.4 times more likely to experience blood clots than if they were using older hormonal methods of birth control, such as the birth control pill.
Women who have been injured by NuvaRing, along with the legal community, anxiously await the start of the first bellwether as the benchmark for further legal action.
The Rottenstein Law Group Helps Women Injured by NuvaRing
If you or someone you know has used the NuvaRing contraceptive device, and experienced an injury or side effect you believe is related to it, you have rights as a consumer.
The Rottenstein Law Group has over 25 years of collective experience representing individuals who have been injured by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Our personal injury lawyers can get you the compensation you deserve to cover expenses related to your injuries, including unforeseen medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you feel you have cause to sue Organon Pharmaceuticals and Merck because of your use of NuvaRing, fill out our confidential, no-cost evaluation form, or call (888) 660-8248, and someone will get back to you shortly.