For those who suffered Mirena complications that may have been caused by the spontaneous migration of the IUD, the time is now to file a Mirena lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries.
Mirena Complications Alleged in Growing Number of Lawsuits
Used by approximately 2 million women in the U.S., the plastic, t-shaped intrauterine birth control device may prevent pregnancy for up to five years after being inserted by a health care provider. The IUD has been tied to many painful and unpleasant Mirena problems, however, which include embedment in the uterine wall, uterine perforations, infection, abscesses and ectopic pregnancies, and typically occur when the device migrates away from its original point of insertion in the uterus. If you experienced any of these side effects, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages to your life.
The following Mirena complications have been alleged in lawsuits filed over the device:
- Embedment in the uterine wall
- Uterine perforations
- Infertility Infection
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Many of the side effects associated with Mirena are only correctible by way of a revision surgery, and in the worst-case scenario, even a hysterectomy. Problems with the IUD may even damage a woman’s fertility, and her ability to conceive a child.
Despite these risks, Mirena has been touted by some medical professionals as a first-line form of birth control. An article published this year in USA Today detailed a recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that teenagers consider using IUDS over birth control pills and condoms. The organization not only failed to mention the potential for Mirena complications to occur, but also failed to note a blurb on Mirena’s website that says only women who have already had one child should use the device.
Bayer’s History of Downplaying Mirena Problems
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter in 2009 that scolded Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals for making misleading claims in certain advertising campaigns for Mirena. In particular, the agency mentioned promotional materials that said the IUD could make a woman “look and feel great” and improve her sex life. According to the FDA, Mirena was the 17th most-searched for term from August 2012 to October 2012 on the agency’s website. This could be an indicator that women may be looking for more information about side effects they experienced.
Hundreds of Mirena Complications Lawsuits Filed in U.S.
Mirena lawsuits seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering incurred by a patient’s injury. As of August 2013, roughly 180 IUD lawsuits were pending in a consolidated litigation established in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, while another 123 had been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. According to recent media reports, 70,000 complaints involving Mirena side effects have been filed with the FDA since the IUD entered the market in 2000. Spontaneous migration of the IUD and uterine perforations are noted in these reports.
According to Mirena lawsuits, the device was defectively designed by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, who failed to warn doctors and patients about its product’s risk for side effects.