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A settlement has been approved regarding Depo-Provera and class members have until March 1st, 2022 to file claims. Visit www.depoprovera.ca for more information and to file a claim.

On December 13, 2005, Siskinds filed a class proceeding against Pfizer Canada Inc. and Pfizer Inc. with respect to Depo-Provera. Depo-Provera is typically prescribed to prevent pregnancy; however, it is also used to treat endometriosis and as a palliative treatment of certain cancers. Use of Depo-Provera has been associated with an increased risk of significant bone mineral density loss, including a significantly increased risk of developing osteoporosis at ages below the statistical norm.

On May 28, 2008, the Superior Court of Quebec certified the action on behalf of a National Class.  

On May 11, 2021, a Settlement Agreement was reached between the Representative Plaintiff in the Quebec action and Pfizer on behalf of a class of “Every person domiciled in Canada who used Depo-Provera and claims to be suffering or to have suffered a loss of bone mineral density owing to the use of Depo-Provera before May 31, 2010.”

On November 1, 2021, the Québec Court approved the Settlement and a Compensation Protocol for evaluating class member claims. Eligible claimants have until March 1st, 2022 to file a claim form, which is available here: www.depoprovera.ca/claimform.

You can get more information on eligibility criteria and how to file a claim by visiting the settlement website www.depoprovera.ca or by contacting the claims administrator at 1-888-667-5012.

Siskinds is working cooperatively with the Quebec firm of Belleau Lapointe LLP.

FAQs

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more person on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is covered by the Depo-Provera class action?

You are subject to the class action and you are a "member" of the group if you have used Depo-Provera and have suffered from loss of bone mineral density.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should ensure that you have the proper documentary evidence to support a claim, if this matter is successful, you should ensure your medical records are intact and available.  If you elect to obtain copies of your records, please ensure you have copies of the following documents:

  1. Medical records from all doctors who prescribed and/or administered Depo-Provera to you;
  2. Medical records from all doctors who ordered a Bone Mineral Density Scan for you;
  3. Medical records from doctors/clinics/hospitals that diagnosed and/or treated a fracture during or after your use of Depo Provera (if applicable);
  4. Records from all pharmacies or clinics that filled a Depo-Provera prescription for you.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more person on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is covered by the Depo-Provera class action?

You are subject to the class action and you are a "member" of the group if you have used Depo-Provera and have suffered from loss of bone mineral density.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should ensure that you have the proper documentary evidence to support a claim, if this matter is successful, you should ensure your medical records are intact and available.  If you elect to obtain copies of your records, please ensure you have copies of the following documents:

  1. Medical records from all doctors who prescribed and/or administered Depo-Provera to you;
  2. Medical records from all doctors who ordered a Bone Mineral Density Scan for you;
  3. Medical records from doctors/clinics/hospitals that diagnosed and/or treated a fracture during or after your use of Depo Provera (if applicable);
  4. Records from all pharmacies or clinics that filled a Depo-Provera prescription for you.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

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