Made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Mirena IUD was approved as a contraceptive by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women. The small, plastic t-shaped device is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider, where it may remain for up to 5 years. As reported by the FDA, the Mirena IUD has allegedly been linked to serious side effects, such as uterine perforation, embedment, hysterectomy, risk of infertility, intrauterine pregnancy, streptococcal sepsis, pelvic inflammatory disease, severe pain, possible risk of rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and other cancers.
In January 16th, 2013, many of the plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits petitioned for the establishment of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, in the Northern District of Ohio. The petition estimates that with more than 2 million users of the device, hundreds of Mirena perforation cases could be filed. (In Re: Mirena IUD Product Liability Litigation, Case No. 1:12-CV-2780). A Joint Panel on the MDL has scheduled a hearing for March 21, 2013 to decide whether cases will be consolidated to one court and where the trial will be taking place. Due to the complexity of the cases, DrugRisk Resource Center recommends that consumers find lawyers who are already handling the Mirena cases to join this MDL if it is formed. These collective lawsuits all allege that Bayer, the Mirena IUD manufacturer, misled the consumers by overstating the efficacy of Mirena, while still knowing and understating the potential for safety concerns. They also claim that they suffered serious injuries after the Mirena IUD perforated the uterine wall and migrated away from its original position. (Civil Action No. MRS-L-272412).
According to Injury Lawyer News Mirena’s potential complications may lead to severe pain, bleeding, and the need for surgical removal of the device. The online source then goes on to state how these side effects may last long after the device had been removed and may even lead to infertility. While the drug’s label warns against the potential migration of the device, it only talks about when uterus is perforated during the insertion procedure. The misleading warning does not alert patients to the possibility of spontaneous migration with no cause except for the malfunctioning of the IUD as Injury Lawyer News states in its article “Mirena Lawsuit Alleges IUD Migration Led to Multiple Complications.”
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated that “We are seeing far too many women seriously injured by this product and it could have easily been prevented had the manufacturer properly tested the device before mass marketing it across the country. This is not the first time Bayer has done this type of thing and I have to question the corporate leadership of this company as to whether profits are more important than the safety of the people who use their products? Hopefully, these law suits will make them think twice before promoting a new product and make sure it has been properly tested.“
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