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NuvaRing Lawsuit Dismissal is a Betrayal

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, NuvaRing, Uncategorized

nuvaring_lawsuit_heart_attackErika Langhart’s family feels betrayed by the legal system. The Langharts brought a lawsuit against Merck because they believe Merck’s product NuvaRing caused their daughter’s death. Their case was dismissed, denying the couple, through a jury trial, the chance to warn other women of the drug’s life-threatening complications.

A San Francisco Superior Court dismissed the case against Merck and Company on Sept. 10, 2015. The case centered on the NuvaRing medical device, a type of hormonal birth control.

Erika Langhart had 2 heart attacks in 2011 and died on Thanksgiving day. Her parents maintain that Erika died from complications caused by NuvaRing’s desogestrel, a progestin used in the drug.

A New York law firm promised the Langharts a jury trial to broadcast their grievances against the company. Now however, there’s no chance to openly hold Merck accountable because the court dismissed the case.

A Diabolical Legal and Regulatory System

Karen Langhart, Erika’s mother, feels utterly betrayed by the legal and regulatory systems that are in place to protect people.

The Langharts were trying to safeguard and warn other young women about the dangers of NuvaRing. Stripped of the jury trial process, they’ve created a nonprofit foundation to make their voices heard. “Informed Choice for AmErika”, named for their daughter, encourages young women to research all aspects of birth control drugs before making a decision.

Nothing can be done to bring back their cherished daughter, but the Langharts continue to help women change their lives by getting informed about NuvaRing hazards.

Carey Danis and Lowe can help NuvaRing victims.

If you or someone you know has suffered from using NuvaRing, please give our product liability lawyers a call at 800.721.2519. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.

Our expert medical device attorneys will guide you through a free consultation. Please email us to set up an appointment today.

Family Creates Nonprofit to Publicize Hazards of NuvaRing

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, NuvaRing, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

nuvaringThe Langhart parents were expecting their daughter, Erika, to fly home for Thanksgiving. Instead, they got a call summoning them to a Virginia hospital, because their daughter had suffered multiple heart attacks. By the time they got to the Virginal Hospital Center, she was in a coma.

The doctor asked whether Erika was using birth control. Upon learning that Erika used NuvaRing, the doctor stated that “there’s a link between NuvaRing and pulmonary embolisms.” The doctors removed the contraceptive device immediately, but it was too late. A blood clot that started in her thigh caused extensive pulmonary embolisms, many episodes of cardiac arrest and eventual brain death.

The Langharts didn’t know that NuvaRing had been linked to other women’s deaths. NuvaRing’s manufacturer Merck admits that there’s a very small risk of blood clots, but maintains that there’s evidence to support the safety and efficacy of the NuvaRing.

Despite this claim, Merck settled a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for $100 million, because Organon, the original maker of the NuvaRing , “failed to adequately warn consumers about a heightened risk of blood clots associated with the use of NuvaRing, even though the manufacturer was aware that NuvaRing posed greater risks than other hormonal contraceptives.”

The Langharts, however, didn’t settle. They want Merck held accountable for failure to properly warn women of the risk. To further their mission, they created a nonprofit honoring their daughter. Using her name, they called the organization “Informed Choice for Amerika”, working with the mission of advising women about the hazards related to NuvaRing and the relative risks of hormonal contraceptives.

Unfortunately, the use of NuvaRing is widespread: it’s one of the most popular birth control products on the market.

Carey Danis & Lowe Can Help

The trusted attorneys at Carey Danis and Lowe work tirelessly to help victims who have been injured by defective medical products.

If you or your loved one is suffering from the ill effects of NuvaRing, please give us a call at 800-721-2519 or send us an email. Carey Danis & Lowe works with a group of nurses and medical experts to address your medical concerns. Our initial consultations are free of charge.

New Study Finds More Complications for Younger Mirena Users

By | Mirena, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

mirena_iud_birth_control_lawsuit_litigation_bayerA study looking at the relationship between age and Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) expulsion found that age does matter in regards to device complications. The study, Association of age and parity with intrauterine device expulsion, was published in October 2014, and was undertaken by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

The researchers discovered that for participants aged 14 – 19 years old, the rate of Mirena IUD expulsion was higher when compared to older participants. The overall expulsion rate for the younger participants was measured at 18.8, and for older participants at 9.3.

The findings of this study come at a particularly important time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently endorsed the use of IUDs as a preferred form of birth control for young adults. Read more about the American Academy of Pediatrics announcement on IUDs for teenagers here.

Device expulsion does not come without danger. As numerous women have experienced, the Mirena IUD can cause serious internal damage when it becomes dislodged. Carey Danis & Lowe represents women who have suffered Mirena IUD injuries resulting from device migration. Many of these women experienced device perforation, organ damage, and infection.

Seek Justice Today

If you have been injured after using the Mirena IUD, we urge to you seek justice today. Carey Danis & Lowe is an experienced personal injury law firm that currently represents women who have experienced injuries just like you or your loved one.


Share your Mirena IUD story with us today. We are available to offer you our professional advice during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.


Yaz & Yasmin Lawsuit Update: Israeli Women & Yasmin Lawsuits

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Yaz/Yasmin

bayerIsraeli women who have suffered injuries, such as blood clots and pulmonary embolism, from the use of the birth control pill Yasmin are standing up against Bayer. These women have applied to file a Yasmin class action lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer, Bayer.

According to Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, the class action lawsuit calls for compensation in the amount of NIS 204 million, which is over $53 million USD. The women involved in the Yasmin lawsuit claim that Bayer was negligent in warning patients and healthcare providers about the risks associated with use of the birth control pill.

In fact, the Haaretz article goes on to explain that the proposed suit alleges that Bayer was aware of the blood clot risk, but failed to provide sufficient update.

Bayer did eventually distribute safety information for Yasmin that included details on the blood clot risk. However, as the updated information only appeared in a safety pamphlet, this distribution method was insufficient in spreading the word on such a deadly Yasmin side effect, according to the women involved in the lawsuit.

One of the women involved in the case, Ruth Teitler, used Yasmin, and then suffered a pulmonary embolism. She told Haaretz that, after a year of using Yasmin, she experienced chest pain and trouble breathing to such a degree that she went to the hospital.

Once there, x-rays revealed that her lungs were overrun with blood clots.

Seek Legal Assistance for Your Injuries

Carey Danis & Lowe is an experienced personal injury law firm that currently represents women who have been injured by Yasmin, as well as Yaz and Ocella. We are here to help you recover losses for all of your pain and suffering from Yasmin, Yaz, or Ocella.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today, and share your Yasmin, Yaz, or Ocella story with us. You can reach our law offices by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a personal injury claim form.

We look forward to assisting you in any way that we can.

American Academy of Pediatrics on IUDs

By | Mirena, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

mirena_mdl_lawsuit_dvt_blood_clot_settlementsThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has announced their position on the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs), a form of birth control, by teenage girls. The AAP came to the decision that IUDs, such as the Mirena IUD, which is manufactured by Bayer, provide more dependability than other forms of birth control.

Supporting the use of a form of birth control that more reliably prevents unwanted pregnancies is a sound stance, especially as it concerns young people. However, the Mirena IUD is an imperfect product. As such, if it is to be used by young people, it is of the utmost importance that they be made aware of some of the more serious Mirena IUD side effects.

The Mirena IUD has been known to dislodge and migrate to other parts of the body. In some cases, women have been informed by their doctors that their Mirena IUD has perforated their uterine wall. Mirena IUD perforation can lead to organ damage and infection.

It Is Time for Action

If you or someone you love has used the Mirena IUD, and has suffered an injury, it is time for action, and Carey Danis & Lowe is here to help you.

Get started now on your road to recovery with one of our defective drug lawyers. We offer free initial case evaluations. That means that there is absolutely no cost or commitment on your part.

Carey Danis & Lowe is available to listen to your Mirena IUD injury story. You can reach our law firm by phone at 800.721.2519, or by submitting a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. In the mean time, stay up-to-date on Mirena IUD lawsuit news on our law news blog.


NuvaRing & Heart Attacks

By | NuvaRing, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

nuvaring_lawsuit_heart_attackIn 2011, a young woman, aged 24, died after experiencing two heart attacks. It may sound odd for someone of such a young age to suffer from multiple heart attacks, but the young woman, Erika Langhart of Durango, Colorado, had been using a newer form of birth control – the NuvaRing – associated with serious side effects, including heart attack.

Following their daughter’s death, the Langhart family decided to take up the cause of informing women about birth control side effects, especially those of the NuvaRing. According to local newspaper, The Durango Herald, Langhart’s parents started an organization called Informed Choice for Amerika to spread the word about side effects, and they also recently shared their story on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

Furthermore, to hold NuvaRing’s manufacturer responsible for marketing and selling what they deem a dangerous product, the Langhart family filed a NuvaRing lawsuit targeted at Merck.

It is encouraging to see a family so motivated to prevent further injuries in other women after they experienced such a devastating loss of their own.

Carey Danis & Lowe Can Help You

The experienced and trusted team of defective drug lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe represent victims who have been injured by faulty pharmaceutical products, including the NuvaRing. As so many people have been harmed by defective drugs, Carey Danis & Lowe works hard to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the products that they release onto the market.

If you or someone you love has been injured by the NuvaRing, explore your legal options today with a Carey Danis & Lowe defective drug lawyer. Our initial consultations are free.

Share your NuvaRing story with Carey Danis & Lowe. Contact our law firm by phone at 800.721.2519, or by contacting us online.

Mirena IUD Lawsuits in Canada

By | Mirena, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

mirena_mdl_lawsuit_dvt_blood_clot_settlementsAfter choosing the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control, a Canadian woman experienced cramping so painful that she struggled to walk. This woman, recently interviewed for Canada’s CTV News, decided to return to her doctor to get the contraceptive device removed. Initially, her doctor could not locate the the device, as it had perforated her uterus, and migrated to her hip bone area.

The Mirena IUD, which is manufactured by Bayer, has been known to perforate the uterus, and to migrate to other parts of the body, most often the abdominal region. The woman interviewed by CTV News faults Mirena’s manufacturer with failure to warn about the risk of device migration.

The Canadian Mirena label differs from the U.S. label in that it excludes the any mention of device migration. Thus, women who choose to use this form of birth control are not fully informed about the device.

As a result of this labeling omission, Canadian women are in the process of filing lawsuits against Bayer.

In the U.S., women who claim to have been injured by the Mirena IUD have also filed lawsuits targeted at Bayer. These women have experienced device perforation, migration, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, and infertility.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents Mirena IUD Victims

The experienced defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe represent women in Mirena IUD complications litigation. Our team of dedicated lawyers are currently investigating cases, and encourage women who have been injured by the Mirena IUD to contact Carey Danis & Lowe today.

We offer free initial case evaluations.

Share your Mirena IUD story with Carey Danis & Lowe by contacting our law firm by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

Yaz and Yasmin Lawsuit News: Health Canada Notes Higher Blood Clot Risk with Yaz and Yasmin

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Yaz/Yasmin

Oral Contraception Yaz & Yasmin Side Effects LawsuitAccording to an article recently published in The Vancouver Sun, the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, manufactured by Bayer, have been linked to the deaths of 23 women in Canada. Health Canada, the Canadian version of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, noted that in addition to the 23 deaths associated with Yaz and Yasmin use, they have received approximately 600 reports over a six year period, starting in 2007, linking Yaz and Yasmin use to health complications.

According to reports submitted by Canadian healthcare providers, most of the women’s deaths were caused by complications associated with Yaz and Yasmin, especially blood clots.

Health Canada has stated that in women taking contraceptive drugs containing drospirenone, which is the primary acting hormone in Yaz and Yasmin, the likelihood of developing a blood clot is three in 10,000, which is considerably higher when compared to other contraceptive drugs.

As in the United States, individuals who have been injured through using either Yaz or Yasmin have filed lawsuits against Bayer in Canada. In the U.S., Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits have been consolidated into a Yaz and Yasmin multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The case is In re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2100. The Yaz and Yasmin MDL contains 11,194 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits.

Women have filed their Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits claiming a number of injuries, including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack, brain hemorrhage, and blood clots. Plaintiffs have also alleged that Bayer employed misleading marketing strategies in their Yaz and Yasmin advertisements that made the drug appear to be much safer to use.

Furthermore, plaintiffs have claimed that Bayer did not adequately warn healthcare providers about the serious risks of using either Yaz or Yasmin.

Carey Danis & Lowe Yaz and Yasmin lawyers hear from women almost on a daily basis about their Yaz and Yasmin injuries. Our pharmaceutical product liability lawyers are currently accepting Yaz and Yasmin cases.

If you or someone you love has been injured through the use of Yaz or Yasmin, contact a Yaz and Yasmin lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe today. In addition to providing a free legal evaluation, our Yaz and Yasmin lawyers can assist in filing a Yaz and Yasmin lawsuit.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by calling 800.721.2519 or by submitting a personal injury claim form.

Bayer Loses Yaz Patent in Federal Court of Appeals: Generic Yaz Versions Begin (Stealing) Marketshare

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Yaz/Yasmin

yaz_lawsuit_yasmin_lawsuit_ocella_lawsuit_settlements_litigation_mdl_lawsuit_settlement_amounts_gallbladder_removal_disease_surgeryBayer was recently dealt a setback in a Federal Court of Appeals in Washington. Their patent on Yaz, a contraceptive pill, was deemed to no longer be worthy of patent protection. Bayer’s patent on Yaz expires in June 2014.

As a result of this ruling, Actavis Inc. and Novartis AG can sell generic versions of the birth control pill. Though the ruling now gives other pharmaceutical companies the ability to legally compete against Bayer in the drospirenone contraceptive pill market, generic and inexpensive versions of Yaz-like drugs are driving Bayer’s profits significantly lower. In fact, Bayer stated that Yaz sales fell by 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter alone, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

The Bayer Yaz patent decision was decided in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. The case is Bayer Healthcare Pharma v. Sandoz Inc. Bayer is currently seeking an appeal.

Though the drop in Yaz sales may be related to increasing competition from generic versions of drospirenone, Yaz has also been put in the negative spotlight for the contraceptive drug’s association with health risks, specifically blood clots, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and in some cases, these severe Yaz side effects have proven to be fatal. According to a Bloomberg article, Bayer spent $1.57 billion in 2012 towards legal costs in Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits.

Yaz lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe recognize that the loss of Bayer’s patent will introduce generic, inexpensive versions of drospirenone onto the market. With the firm link between Yaz and blood clots, these generic versions of Yaz have the potential to injure more women.

Carey Danis & Lowe is concerned about this drug’s ability to harm, and with this concern, our defective drug lawyers are closely working alongside our clients to bring them justice, compensation, and relief for injuries, suffering, and pain.


If you or someone you love has been injured by Yaz or Yasmin, contact a Carey Danis & Lowe Yaz and Yasmin lawyer. Our Yaz lawyers and Yasmin lawyers are currently offering a free legal evaluation about Yaz and Yasmin cases, and will provide assistance in filing a Yaz lawsuit or a Yasmin lawsuit.

Carey Danis & Lowe can be contacted by phone by calling 800.721.2519 or by submitting a legal claim form.

Contraceptive Nuvaring Linked to Blood Clots and Stroke

By | NuvaRing, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published November 12, 2012 by LawsuitInformation.org

Contraceptive Nuvaring Linked to Blood Clots and StrokeNuvaring is a contraceptive device manufactured by Organon. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. Organon developed and manufactured Nuvaring on the premise of introducing a new form of birth control, one that would supposedly be easier for women to use.

However, it soon became apparent after the release of Nuvaring that there were serious issues with the contraceptive device. Questions began to arise as to the verity of Organon’s marketing campaign promoting Nuvaring, especially regarding third-generation hormones and Nuvaring’s unique hormonal release method.

As the Nuvaring is a contraceptive device used as a vaginal insert, the release of hormones into a woman’s body occurs differently than through oral contraceptives, such as birth control pills. Due to the placement of the Nuvaring inside of a woman’s body, the hormones are released directly into the bloodstream.

With oral contraceptives, hormonal release occurs primarily in the digestive tract. It is thought that the direct release of hormones into the bloodstream has been the cause of deadly blood clots in women who have used Nuvaring.

According to a CBS News report released in the fall of 2012, incidents of women suffering from Nuvaring-related blood clots, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) have surpassed 1,000 cases reported to the FDA. The link between Nuvaring and blood clots leading to strokes or death are concurred through a study published by the British Medical Journal in May 2012, which demonstrated a correlation between the use of Nuvarings, and other vaginally inserted, ring-shaped contraceptives, and a 90% increased risk of blood clot development. In June 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study with similar findings.

Trials for Nuvaring lawsuits are set to start on May 6, 2013, according to U.S. Federal District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. A federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) court has been established in Missouri to hear the Nuvaring lawsuits.

If you have suffered from blood clots, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or DVT as a result of using a Nuvaring, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your undue suffering. Our attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are dedicated to assisting clients through providing them with expert legal advice regarding pharmaceutical product liability litigation.

To file a Nuvaring lawsuit, contact an experienced Nuvaring lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe today.