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NuvaRing Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Omaha on behalf of the estate of Ann Tompkins, a 43-year old mother of two, of Omaha Nebraska, who died five months after she began using NuvaRing contraceptive.

NuvaRing is a monthly hormonal contraceptive that is placed inside the vagina for three out of four weeks, and releases the hormones ethinyl estradiol, and etonogestrel into the body through the vaginal wall.

An autopsy found that Tompkins, who was found dead in her home by a friend, had died from a blood clot in one of her lungs. An attorney for the estate said the lawsuit will probably be consolidated with others from around the country.

The lawsuit names numerous pharmaceutical companies that have manufactured NuvaRing, including Merck & Co., Organon BioSciences NV and its U.S. divisions and parent company Akzo Nobel NV, and accuses the manufacturers of over-promoting NuvaRing, while warning enough of the increased risk of blood clots to consumers.

The lawsuit seeks actual damages for funeral costs and lost wages plus wrongful death and punitive damages.
 disclaimer: This article: NuvaRing Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit was posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 8:26 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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