Lawsuits against Merck over its birth control ring Nuvaring total 730 as of the end of last year, according to the company’s annual report. The suits allege that the etonogestrel and ethenyl estradiol combination contraceptive causes blood clotting such as pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attack and death, and that the company overmarketed the drug and underwarned about its risks.
Over 600 suits are consolidated in federal multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Missouri under Judge Rodney Sipple. The remaining cases are in state courts, with 110 cases consolidated in New Jersey Superior Court. The first trials are expected to be held in the Spring of 2012.
Source: Lawyers USA Online
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