Mirena IUD lawsuits on behalf of injured women are on the rise
More than 2 million women use the Mirena ® IUD. Along with the rise of complaints to the FDA about the dangerous complications surrounding the device, recent court documents indicate that roughly 180 Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed in the New Jersey proceeding, while at least 123 claims involving similar allegations about this defective medical device are pending in the federal multidistrict litigation.
Attorney Matt Harman on the Mirena IUD
The lawsuits accuse Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals of downplaying the serious risks associated with Mirena® and exaggerating its benefits. All of the claims have been filed on behalf of young women who allegedly suffered serious Mirena ® side effects, including uterine perforations, damage to other organs, infections, scarring, and ectopic pregnancy, after the device migrated following its correct placement in the uterus.
More than 70,000 complaints have been made to the FDA
The Mirena® IUD was brought to market by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in 2000. The device has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a long-acting contraceptive, and as a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding in women who wish to use an IUD as their primary method of birth control.
In 2009, Bayer received an FDA Warning Letter which criticized the company over marketing claims the agency deemed to be misleading. According to recent media reports, the FDA has received more than 70,000 complaints involving Mirena® side effects, including instances of device dislocation and uterine perforation, since the IUD was first brought to market.
The levonorgestrel intrauterine device may become embedded into the wall of the uterus, or may perforate (form a hole) in the uterus. If this occurs, the device may no longer prevent pregnancy, or it may move outside the uterus and cause scarring, infection, or damage to other organs. If the device embeds in or perforates the uterine wall, your doctor may need to surgically remove the device.
Serious side effects from taking Mirena IUD can include:
- severe cramps or pelvic pain
- extreme dizziness, feeling like you might pass out
- heavy or ongoing vaginal bleeding, vaginal sores, vaginal discharge that is watery, foul-smelling discharge, or otherwise unusual
- severe pain in your side or lower stomach
- pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding
- fever, chills, or other signs of infection
- pain during sexual intercourse
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- sudden or severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, sensitivity to light
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) or
- signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
If you or someone you know has the Mirena® IUD, contact the defective and dangerous drug attorneys at the Harman Law Firm to learn your legal rights and if you are eligible for compensation. Contact us online or call (888) 554-2762 today.
There may be a time limit to file a lawsuit; injured patients who are eligible should call us to initiate the claims process immediately.
- The Harman Law Firm represents clients across the country who have been injured by dangerous and defective drugs and medical devices.