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Mirena IUD Lawsuit
More and more women have opted for the Mirena IUD as their preferred form of birth control in recent years, but with that increase has been a barrage of lawsuits against its manufacturer. In the spring of 2014, more than a decade after Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals first introduced the device, more than 1,200 claims alleging spontaneous IUD migration, uterine perforations and other side effects had been filed in federal and state jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Mirena lawsuit allegations made in these cases accuse the company of failing to adequately warn women about these and other serious risks.
Mirena Complications Occur after IUD Insertion, Plaintiffs Allege
Since Mirena was first introduced to the U.S. market in 2000, the long-acting contraceptive implant has been marketed by Bayer as being effective in preventing pregnancy for up to five years. Plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits argue that this is not always the case, however. The IUD can spontaneously migrate away from the uterine wall and into other parts of the body, perforating the uterus and causing a host of complications, according to allegations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the IUD’s range of approved uses in 2009 to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding women who use it for birth control.
Since Mirena first entered the U.S. market, over 70,000 adverse event reports over the device have been made to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including 5,000 cases of device migration and 1,322 instances of uterine perforation.
Women involved in lawsuits against Bayer similarly allege IUD complications that occurred weeks, months or even years after being properly inserted by a health care provider, which Bayer failed to adequately warn about in its marketing of the device. According to Mirena birth control lawsuit allegations, the IUD’s warning label only mentions the risk for spontaneous device migration and uterine perforation at the time of insertion.
Women involved in claims over the birth control device allege the following complications, which may be serious and require Mirena removal surgery to correct. This may translate to a hysterectomy, in the worst-case scenario.
- Scarring and Adhesions
- Uterine Embedment
- Intestinal Obstruction
- Organ Damage
- Uterine Perforation
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Bayer also has a history of downplaying side effects associated with its product, claimants allege, and was reprimanded by the FDA for doing so in 2009. A Warning Letter sent to the company that year took issue with a particular IUD campaign touting its purported ability to make a woman “look and feel great” and improve her sex life.
Mirena Case Filings Continue to Increase in East Coast Litigations
Hundreds of lawsuits over Mirena have been filed in U.S. federal and state courts. In a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, nearly 570 cases had been filed as of June 16th, by women involved in similar actions against Bayer.
At the state court level, a Case List updated that month in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court showed approximately 730 Mirena IUD lawsuit filings.