Woman alleges NuvaRing caused her to develop embolism

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 31, 2017

CAMDEN, N.J. — A Jamestown, New York, woman is suing the makers and distributors of NuvaRing, citing alleged negligence misrepresentation and breach of implied warranty.

Carrissa Hutzler filed a complaint on May 3 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Organon USA Inc., N.V. Organon, Schering Corp., Merck and Co. Inc. and Merck Sharp and Dohme alleging that the defendants failed to properly disclose the known safety hazards associated with the contraceptive NuvaRing.

This is a potential tag-along action that should be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri to be included in a NuvaRing products liability case, according to court documents.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 24, 2015, she began to experience chest pain and shortness of breath. After visiting the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, she was advised to discontinue the use of the NuvaRing, because of bilateral pulmonary embolism and immediately placed on heparin anticoagulation therapy. As a result, Hutzler claims she suffered excruciating pain and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to warn consumers of the serious risks of the product, failed to conduct appropriate testing prior to the NuvaRing being prescribed to consumers and failed to provide proper and full information as to the safety of the product to the Food and Drug Administration.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in excess of $75,000 for all damages caused, expenses, costs of this action and such further relief as the court deems necessary, just and proper. She is represented by David B. Krangle and Andres F. Alonso of Alonso Krangle LLP in Melville, New York.

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey case number 4:17-cv-01577-RWS

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