Just recently, a woman in Pennsylvania who claims that her intrauterine device moved in her uterus and perforated it has filed a Mirena IUD lawsuit. In her defective medical device complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages from Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the company that manufactured the contraceptive device.
This woman is one of many plaintiffs that are pursuing the medical device maker via the US court system. Just last month, another woman filed her Mirena injury lawsuit in Illinois Northern District Court for similar injuries. She said she had to undergo laparoscopic surgery to get the IUD out of her body. Meantime, in Kentucky, a federal judge has refused a motion by Bayer to dismiss a Mirena IUD case. Instead, the plaintiff was allowed to amend her complaint, which was not pled properly.
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Mirena IUD Injuries
The Mirena device is an intrauterine contraception that releases certain hormones in the body. It is implanted in the uterus and can prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Some 100 million women globally and about 2 million in the US have used the Mirena IUD since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Unfortunately, there have been too many incidents reported involving women who say that they were injured or suffered other health complications from using a Mirena device. In some cases, the IUD moved out of the area of the body where it was placed and became lodged elsewhere. This can lead to complications, including uterine perforation, intestinal injuries, scarring, infection, organ damage, and adhesions. Frequently, the patient will have to undergo surgery to get the Mirena IUD removed.
If the extent of damage from a defective Mirena product is severe enough, a woman may have to get a full hysterectomy. Other side effects that have been linked to Mirena include miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, peritonitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Now, some Boston Mirena IUD injury lawyers are saying that many women were mislead by Bayer, who did not apprise them of the actual health risks involved.
The FDA even wrote a letter to Bayer a few years ago expressing worry about the device maker’s “Mirena Parties,” which involved sales folk marketing the IUD as providing certain supposed benefits-aside from contraception-including greater intimacy, emotional satisfaction, and romance. Mirena was even promoted on Mom Central, a social networking site.
It is important that medical device manufacturers fully apprise users of the risks and complications that may arise from using their products. When failure to do so causes a patient to suffer serious injuries or health issues, he/she may be able to obtain Massachusetts defective medical device compensation.
Letter from the Department of Health and Human Services/FDA to Bayer’s associate advertising director about Mirena (PDF)
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