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Lawsuit Claims NuvaRing Caused Deadly Clot
Omaha Woman's Estate is Suing Makers of the Contraceptive; Ann Tompkins, 43, Died in 2009
Posted: 8:47 PM Jul 12, 2010
(AP) The estate of an Omaha woman who died while using the NuvaRing contraceptive is suing its makers, claiming the device caused a deadly blood clot.
The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha says 43-year-old Ann Tompkins of Omaha died in February 2009, about five months after she began using NuvaRing.
The lawsuit seeks damages from various pharmaceutical companies that currently or at one time manufactured and sold the contraceptive, including Merck & Co., which last year acquired former maker Schering-Plough. Also named are Dutch biopharmaceutical Organon BioSciences NV, its U.S. divisions and its parent company Akzo Nobel NV, all bought by Schering-Plough in 2007.
The lawsuit, believed to be the first filed out of Nebraska targeting NuvaRing, does not list the amount in damages being sought, but asks for actual damages related to such things as funeral costs and lost wages, as well as wrongful death and punitive damages.