Back when I was still seeing my girls, who were very little at the time, one of my aspirations as a father was to be an understanding one later
on, as they would grow up and become teens; by understanding, I mean understanding with boyfriends or else. I did not exactly see myself as their confidant, but as somebody they would trust in case of storms on the love front of their lives. My mom had been quite a patient ear to me on those matters, and my dad was exemplary, at least with my little sister, when she was a teen; the type that would pick up her contraceptive devices at the pharmacy, no questions asked. It showed quite a remarkable ability to adjust to new mores and times, given the way he had been brought up.
Anyway, as much as I would love to, I have a sense I won’t hear about my girls’ love life anytime soon. There is at least one thing I can do: use this blog to warn them and others about a deadly contraceptive device, NuvaRing, sold by Merck and Co. I just read Marie Brenner’s article in the January 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, “Danger in the Ring,” and I was horrified.
Merck’s NuvaRing victims have been adding up like flies. Brenner’s piece – a must-read- investigates why in the world this product is still on the market. Among the reasons: Merck’s greed and the way the pharmaceutical industry does business, where deaths and the lawsuits of victims are part of the CDB (Cost of Doing Business); a faulty regulatory system, where regulators move in and out of the industry they are supposed to regulate. And let say that if the FDA were not so dramatically understaffed, NuvaRing might not still be killing women.
One thing is clear: Stay away from NuvaRing and third- and -fourth- generation hormonal contraceptives.