Mirena IUD Lawsuit Information
Uterine perforations, scarring, ectopic pregnancies—these are just a few of the alleged side effects prompting a growing number of women to file Mirena IUD lawsuit claims.
What’s more, many of the complications associated with Mirena, an intrauterine birth control device approved in 2000 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may only be repairable through painful surgical intervention, sometimes as drastic as a hysterectomy. If this sounds like you, the time is now to file a claim seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn about the process of filing a Mirena lawsuit at .
Frequency of Mirena Complications May Ignite More IUD Lawsuit Filings
Once inserted into a woman’s uterine wall, the Mirena IUD releases a low dose of levonorgestrel (a synthetic progestin hormone) directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. If the IUD performs properly, it may stay in place for up to five years. However, Mirena complications may develop if the device should spontaneously migrate away from its original point of insertion and into other areas of the abdominal cavity. As a result, a woman may suffer a myriad of Mirena-related injuries including:
- Uterine perforations
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Embedment in the uterine wall
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension/pseudotumor cerebri
- Optic nerve damage
Between 1997 and 2012, approximately 45,000 Mirena complication reports were filed with the FDA by women who received the IUD, according to the agency’s database.
Perhaps the most disturbing of the complications that may result from use of Mirena involves its potential to cause uterine perforations. Categorized by uterine punctures of the t-shaped, plastic device, perforation of the IUD may cause patients to experience bloating, vomiting, lower abdominal pain, heavy vaginal bleeding and other symptoms. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals estimates that Mirena perforation complications may occur in one per 1,000 to 10,000 placement procedures, according to WebMD.com. Even scarier, the infections that may result from Mirena perforations may lead to diminished fertility or a woman’s inability to conceive a child.
If you received the intrauterine birth control device and are now unable to locate the Mirena IUD string, or you are experiencing lower abdominal pain, heavy vaginal bleeding, nausea, bloating and pain in the abdomen, rapid heartbeat, fever and/or chills, it is urgent that you contact a doctor right away. These may be signs of Mirena perforation.
Uterine punctures may cause the following injuries if left untreated:
- Damage to the intestines, bladder, bowel and other organs
- Need for hysterectomy
- Intestinal obstruction
Current Mirena IUD Lawsuits Making Headway In 2013
In the first half of 2013, Mirena lawsuits continued to make headway in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. The number of federally-filed claims surpassed 50, according to court records released in May, and are now pending in a federal litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. These Mirena IUD lawsuit claims, which were consolidated in April by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), allege the device was defectively designed by the manufacturer. According to suits involving Mirena, Bayer also failed to warn women about the potential for its product to cause abscesses, infection, perforations and other injuries.
Similar actions against Bayer have been filed in a Multicounty Litigation established in Bergen County Superior Court as well, where the New Jersey Supreme Court has tasked a single judge to oversee claims involving Mirena. A Notice to the Bar issued May 24th indicated that more than 60 Mirena IUD lawsuits were transferred to the proceeding. Less than a month later, the litigation’s first Case Management Conference was held on June 17th, 2013. So far, no Mirena class action lawsuits have been filed over the birth control device and a Mirena recall has not been issued.
Considering several factors, the number of IUD lawsuit filings in the U.S. is expected to rise in the coming months. Not only are intrauterine devices becoming a more popular choice for women looking for birth control, with approximately 2 million women currently using Mirena, the number of complaints involving the IUD is also continuing to grow. Between August 2012 and October 2012, Mirena was the 17th most popular search term on the FDA’s website.
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals has also been scolded in the past for its promotions of Mirena. In 2009, the FDA sent a warning letter to the company, warning officials that their marketing of Mirena included unsubstantiated claims that minimized risks suggested to stem from use of the IUD. In particular, the agency took issue with Bayer’s claim that Mirena had the potential to help a woman “look and feel great” and improve her sex life. Approximately 5% of women who used the IUD reported decreased libido, the FDA countered.
Take the First Steps in Filing a Mirena IUD Lawsuit
If you experienced complications stemming from the Mirena IUD, call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today to start the process of filing a claim against the manufacturer. Contact the Firm to learn about your legal rights at .