In December 2007, New Jersey mother of two, Jackie Bozicev collapsed one morning on her way to the shower. Her husband called 911, and the EMT’s did whatever they could to revive her based upon what little information they had about the problem, but Jackie, just 32 years old was dead before they reached the hospital.
To unravel the mystery of her death, and autopsy was performed, and the M.E. determined that Mrs. Bozicev died of a blood clot that started in her pelvic area and migrated up to her lungs.
Prior to her sudden death, Jackie had been perfectly healthy. Her husband, Rob, did what any of us would do after losing a loved one to a sudden illness. He conducted research. As stated in a 2009 article “Is NuvaRing Dangerous” Rob believes that his wife’s death was caused by her birth control method, the NuvaRing. Rob retained an attorney to file a complaint against the ring’s manufacturers, Organon, and Schering-Plough, who are now a part of Merck.
Rob’s Story was published on MotherJones.com in 2009. At that time there were about 100 Federal Lawsuits pending against the manufacturers of NuvaRing. As of June 2011, there were about 900 lawsuits. The amount of clams increased by 9 times in two years. These lawsuits were filed by people who, like Rob, did some research. What about all of the people out there who did not think to research their medical mysteries? After all, aren’t blood clots a known risk of birth control. Are many victims simply believing that are within the small percentage of cases that these injuries do occur? Is there something special in NuvaRing that makes them more likely to suffer these potentially fatal side effects? If so, why isn’t there a warning?