Sunday, July 13 2014, 09:25 AM EDT
Birth Control Concerns
"Just full of life and just gone like that," said Fran Miller.
The Christmas of 2013 was tragic for Fran Miller.
"I still can't believe she died from blood clots. We just saw her, I mean she we just saw her at Christmas. This was five days after Christmas. She was healthy, in a good mood, happy," said Miller.
Angela Miller was 28-years-old and used NuvaRing for birth control.
"To go in the hospital and see her dying, I'm still numb from it. I haven't really grieved. So.. I don't want anyone else to die from it," said Miller.
But other NuvaRing users have died.
According to complaints filed with the Federal Drug Administration, 224 NuvaRing users have died and close to 3000 have been hospitalized.
Just weeks after Angela Miller's death, the manufacturer of NuvaRing settled a class action lawsuit by agreeing to pay more than 100 million dollars to 1700 plaintiffs.
The NuvaRing is still available as a birth control device. Doctors say it can be safe under the right circumstances.
"There's reasons not to use birth control pills, same for not using the Nuvaring. Gallbladder disease, blood clotting disorders, if you're a smoker over 35 you don't want to use Nuvaring," said Miller.
Here's what the website says: "Do not use NuvaRing if you smoke cigarettes and are over age 35. Smoking increases your risk of serious heart and blood vessel problems from combination hormonal contraceptives including heart attack, blood clots, or stroke which can be fatal."
Angela Miller was a smoker, but her mother says she had stopped. Regardless, Fran Miller wants NuvaRing off the shelves.
"It's not over yet. We are going to continue to campaign against the NuvaRing to save these young women," said Fran Miller.
NuvaRing has been on the market since 2002. The manufacturer, Merck, says more than 44 million prescriptions for the NuvaRing have been filled in the United States.