The number of lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical giant Bayer over its controversial Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) continues to increase, with nearly 400 cases currently pending in courthouses around the country. The vast majority of these complaints were filed on behalf of women who allegedly suffered serious injuries after receiving Mirena, such as organ perforation, abscesses, infections, and migration from the implant site. As more women continue to contact Mirena Lawyers in the coming weeks and months, some experts have estimated that the number of cases filed over the device will climb into the hundreds or even thousands.
Free Mirena Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Mirena, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Mirena and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
In April 2013, all Mirena Birth Control Lawsuits filed on the federal level were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in the Southern District of New York. At the time the MDL was established, there were about 50 such cases pending in the federal court system. However, this number now stands at at least 159.
In addition to the Mirena MDL in New York, similar proceedings have also been established in New Jersey state court, which is where the device’s manufacturer Bayer is headquartered. A multicounty litigation was established before Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Bergen County for all Mirena Lawsuits in May. According to the latest case list, there are already at least 215 cases consolidated in this jurisdiction.
Mirena IUD Complications
Mirena is a widely-prescribed, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) that is inserted directly into a woman’s uterus to protect against pregnancy for up to five years at a time. The Mirena IUD was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, and was marketed by Bayer as a ‘hassle-free’ form of birth control. However, since Mirena first hit the market, it has been linked to a number of adverse health complications, which have been reported to include:
- Device migration
- Perforation of the uterus
- Embedment in the uterine lining
- Erosion of adjacent areas such as the vagina
- Inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and internal organs (Peritonitis)
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Ovarian cysts
- Irregular spotting or bleeding
- Painful menstruation
- Pelvic pain
- Breast tenderness
- Streptococcal sepsis
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Wrongful death
Mirena Lawsuit Allegations
Since Mirena was released in 2000, over 70,000 injury reports concerning the IUD have been reported to the FDA. The lawsuits filed over Mirena all involve similar allegations that Bayer failed to adequately warn the public and medical communities about the risk of the above-listed complications, which can occur months or even years after the device is implanted.
While Mirena warning labels do include verbiage indicating that perforation of the uterus is a risk of the device, the language suggests that this complication may only occur during implantation. However, many recipients have claimed that the IUD was missing for months or even years after having it implanted, often resulting in severe infections and other complications after Mirena perforated organs or traveled to other parts of the body. In some cases, surgical removal of the Mirena IUD was required.
Do I Have a Mirena Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Mirena complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Mirena Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Mirena, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Mirena suit and we can help.