The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it has received reports of more than 45,000 adverse events from women using Mirena, an intrauterine device (IUD) used for contraception. Numerous lawsuits have already been filed claiming this Bayer Pharmaceuticals’ product is “defective and unreasonably dangerous.”
What is Mirena?
Mirena is an IUD used to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It’s viewed as a safe alternative to oral contraceptives, especially for women looking to prevent pregnancy long-term. The plastic T-shaped device is implanted into the uterus. It releases doses of a hormone called levonorgesterel which thickens the uterine walls, decreasing the chances of survival for sperm entering the uterus. Ironically, Bayer admits they are unsure exactly how the device works. Mirena was approved by the FDA in 2000, but has been used throughout Europe since 1991.
Damaging Side Effects
According to the FDA, numerous side effects have been reported, including device expulsion, dislocation or migration of the device into the body and vaginal hemorrhage. Some women have reported life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, perforation of the uterine wall and pelvic inflammatory disease as a result of the device. One woman reported perforation of her uterus when her IUD migrated from her uterus into her abdomen. Other women have had to endure multiple surgeries, incurring high medical expenses, to remove the device once it migrated into their abdomen.
Many women are seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering due to Mirena. Bayer failed to warn women about the dangerous side effects of their product. Many lawsuits accuse the pharmaceutical company of misleading marketing, misrepresenting the device’s benefits and knowingly distributing a defective product. The side effects they do describe on their labels portray problems as very rare when thousands of women have experienced complications.
The courts recognize the validity of patient complaints about Mirena. Last year Bayer tried to get New Jersey’s Supreme Court to consolidate the lawsuits against them. The court denied their request this past January, siding with the rights of the patients to pursue individual compensation. If you have been injured or have incurred additional medical expenses due to Mirena dislocation, seriously consider receiving compensation through a Mirena IUD migration lawsuit. The Levensten Law Firm has nearly 20 years of experience advocating for victims and their families. Contact us for a free consultation.