Manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000 after ten years on the market in Europe, the Mirena IUD (or, intrauterine device) has been considered to be one of the most effective forms of birth control. Inserted into the user’s uterus, it works by releasing approximately 20 micrograms of levonorgestrel per day, which is reduced to 10 micrograms after five years.
The hormone levonorgestrel is a progestin that works to prevent pregnancy. In additional to being employed as a contraceptive, the FDA approved the use of the Mirena IUD as a method to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in 2009. Since it’s introduction in 2000, over 2 million woman have used the Mirena IUD.
However, although popular, numerous Mirena IUD lawsuits and clinical studies now evidence a growing concern that the Mirena IUD poses serious side effects. Studies have shown that the Mirena IUD side effects include a risk to its users suffering from:
- Uterine Perforation
- Pelvic Inflammatory Bleeding and Disease
- Ovarian Cysts
Mirena has been clinically studied for its safety and efficacy. Some of these studies show that women who are implanted with Mirena IUD experience serious side effects. Studies show that the device migrates from its position after being implanted. Such migration sometimes require surgical removal of the device. This may also cause scarring, complications, and may sometimes become embedded, perforating in the uterus.
Some cases even lead to death. Other common Mirena IUD side effects caused by Mirena include abscess, cramping, expulsion, infection, inflammation of the membrane, irregular menstrual pattern, migraines and jaundice, miscarriage, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, sepsis, severe pain, and even weight gain.
These side effects are central to many lawsuits now directed against Bayer. These lawsuits claim the Bayer Pharmaceutical failed to properly warn its users about these severe side effects. Bayer has a history of coming under fire for failure to warn and misleading advertisement when it comes to the Mirena IUD.
The FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had scolded Bayer about its deceptive “Simple Style Campaign” advertisements as misleading and including failing to include information about side effects. Additionally, the Canadian health agency, Health Canada, has urged doctors to consider the harmful side effects before prescribing the Mirena IUD.
d’Oliveira & Associates deals with product liability cases where patients have suffered any injury from negligence or fault of manufacturers and marketers of drugs and devices. If you or a loved one has suffered pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis as a result of using the Mirena IUD, the Rhode Island Attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation.
Working with the leading defective medical product lawyers and Mirena IUD attorneys handling these cases, d’Oliveira & Associates has years of experience when it comes to medical device lawsuits, and can help ensure that you receive the legal representation you deserve for your Mirena IUD claim. Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6867 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.