$100 million NuvaRing settlement finalized

A $100 million settlement involving NuvaRing, a birth-control device linked to sometimes-fatal side effects, will stand now that enough claimants have chosen to opt into the agreement.

U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel of St. Louis approved the in February, but NuvaRing maker Merck & Co. had the right to abandon the deal if less than 95 percent of claimants opted in.

Attorneys for the claimants and Merck said Thursday that the 95 percent threshold has been reached. St. Louis attorney Roger Denton, lead lawyer for those who sued, says about 3,800 claimants will share in the settlement.

The lawsuits allege faulty design and testing, and claim that potential hazards of the device were not adequately disclosed.

Merck says there is "substantial" evidence to show that NuvaRing is safe.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Germany's Merck to buy materials supplier AZ

Dec 05, 2013

Germany's Merck KGaA has announced plans to buy AZ Electronic Materials, which supplies high-tech materials for the electronics industry, for about 1.6 billion pounds ($2.6 billion).

Recommended for you

Ebola scare boosts business for US company

6 hours ago

The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease.

Thai parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy (Update)

14 hours ago

Thailand's parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down's ...

Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies

Nov 25, 2014

Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.

Mexican boy who had massive tumor recovering

Nov 25, 2014

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico is still recovering after ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.