Despite the fact that thousands of women implanted with the IUD have reportedly suffered abscesses, uterine perforations and other complications since its entrance into the market, a Mirena recall has not been issued.
Approximately 70,000 complication reports associated with the intrauterine birth control device were logged by the U.S. Food and Administration (FDA) from November 1997 to June 2012, according to recent media reports.
Following those complaints, women around the U.S. are filing Mirena IUD lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the Mirena IUD. If you received this device and have experienced side effects, speak with a qualified attorney who can walk you through your legal rights.
Mirena Recall 2013
Given the growing litigation of lawsuits involving IUD side effects, there are likely to be a greater number of calls for a Mirena IUD recall in the future.
The small, t-shaped device, which was approved by the FDA in 2000, works to prevent pregnancy by emitting a low-dose of Levonorgestrel (a synthetic progestin hormone) into a woman’s uterus. After being implanted by a health care provider, the IUD may remain in place for up to five years. In addition to its use as a contraceptive, Mirena’s list of uses expanded in 2009 to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use the IUD for birth control.
Conversely, the following side effects from Mirena may occur in the event that the device spontaneously migrates away from the uterus.
- Uterine perforations
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Complications associated with the IUD are often only repairable through surgical intervention, according to lawsuits filed over Mirena. These cases allege Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risks associated with the device, which the company failed to thoroughly test before marketing it to the public. In the worst-case scenario, a woman may need to undergo a hysterectomy to reverse Mirena complications, which may damage her ability to conceive. Lawsuits involving this device also point out that Bayer has a long-standing history of overstating the efficacy of its product and downplaying its health risks.
In 2009, the FDA sent the company a warning letter that criticized them for certain promotional materials distributed for Mirena, which included claims that use of the IUD could improve a woman’s sex life, and make her “look and feel great. The warning letter stated that at least 5% of women implanted with the IUD reported decreased libido in clinical trials. This information may also contribute to future calls for a Mirena recall.
IUD Lawsuits Filed in Absence of Mirena IUD Recall
Hundreds of lawsuits involving Mirena have been filed in jurisdictions throughout the U.S. As of September 2013, more than 123 claims alleging side effects from the device had been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. In this proceeding, court records indicate that the first bellwether trials could get underway in late 2015. At the state level, another 180 cases were pending in a litigation established in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.
File a Mirena Lawsuit Today
If you suffered uterine perforations, pain, infection and other complications that may have stemmed from use of the Mirena IUD, don’t wait for the announcement of a Mirena recall. Contact a lawyer today to start the process of filing a claim seeking compensation for any lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering you may have been caused.