Merck & Company will pay $100 million to settle all product liability lawsuits against its intrauterine device (IUD), NuvaRing. The settlement will cover about 3,800 patients who received the birth control device and suffered side effects because of it.
Several recent studies have highlighted risks related to contraceptive devices, including Bayer’s Mirena IUD, which has been used by millions of women. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received tens of thousands of Mirena complaints from women who suffered side effects from the birth control device.
Mirena IUD side effects include tissue damage, internal bleeding, organ perforation and ectopic pregnancy. Mirena IUD lawsuits have been mounting against Bayer since the FDA charged Bayer with presenting unsubstantiated claims and minimizing the risks of Mirena in 2010.