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Mirena Lawsuit

Once marketed to busy moms who were seeking more intimacy and romance in their relationships, the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) and its manufacturer, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, are now facing increased scrutiny stemming from debilitating medical complications and mounting legal problems. Since Mirena was introduced more than a decade ago, tens of thousands of women have reported incapacitating injuries that include permanent infertility and damaged organs.

Mirena is a T-shaped plastic device that is implanted through the vagina into the uterus by a gynecologist or other medical professional. While the device itself is aimed at preventing pregnancy, it is also treated with a synthetic hormone that disrupts the normal female menstrual cycle as a further safeguard against an unwanted pregnancy. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena in 2000, researchers warned that it could cause pelvic inflammation, uncontrolled bleeding and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. Today, women nationwide have also realized that the device migrates outside of the uterus. Sometimes it becomes imbedded in the uterus wall. Other times, it moves into the pelvic area and causes internal injures. More than 45,000 complaints have been filed with the FDA’s adverse events reporting system, many regarding the device’s tendency to migrate and cause internal injuries.

Mirena Warnings

Currently, Mirena is the only IUD on the market with a time-released hormone. Once inserted, Mirena can remain in place for five years to prevent pregnancy. The FDA approved the device to be used in women who have had a child. In 2009, the FDA also approved Mirena for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. About the same time, the FDA warned Bayer about its shady marketing tactics. The FDA said the company used misleading tactics when it routinely promoted the device as a way for busy moms to rekindle the romance and intimacy in their lives. The FDA said Bayer didn’t not adequately inform patients about the device’s risks.

According to Bayer, more than two million women nationwide and millions more worldwide use the device. In the past years, an increasing number of women have been undergoing emergency medical procedures to have it removed. Many find that the device moves out of its normal position, tearing through organs in its path.

Mirena Recall

While there is no Mirena recall to date, dozens of women have filed lawsuits in state courts nationwide. They are outraged that Bayer failed to disclose the risks associated with Mirena. Recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court denied Bayer’s request to consolidate about 20 of these lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Undeterred, women are continuing to file private lawsuits to seek compensation for injuries, medical bills, time off work and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one suffered as a result of the Mirena IUD, speak to one of our skilled and caring attorneys today. We will guide you through this difficult time. By filing a lawsuit, you are not just getting help for your injuries but also helping other women who may suffer the same fate.