All over the country, women are filing lawsuits against Bayer, the manufacture of the IUD, Mirena. The reason for the onslaught of lawsuits stems from the side effects Mirena may cause, the most concerning of which include ectopic pregnancy and organ perforation.
Mirena had been a popular IUD in Europe since 1991 before it finally gained FDA approval and became available in the United States in 2000. The Mirena IUD is designed in such a way that it emits the hormone levonorgesterel which decreases both the mobility and survival rate of sperm. It didn’t take long for American women to warm to Mirena decide to use it, instead of the contraceptive they’d been using. What drew most women to the device was that it was designed to provide long term protection against unwanted pregnancy and could be used for five years, which most women preferred to taking an oral contraceptive every single day. It’s estimated that approximately 8.5% of American women who use contraception have opted for a Mirena IUD.
While many women are still happy with their Mirena IUD, there are also many who feel that Bayer Pharmaceutical was careful to avoid drawing attention to potential side effects, prompting the filing of lawsuits, some of which claim that they found the Mirena IUD to be “defective and unreasonably dangerous.” The plaintiffs in these cases argue that Bayer was negligent and didn’t care that they were marketing a product to women who didn’t fully comprehend the seriousness of the side effects. The drug manufacture has been accused of both deceptive advertising and striving to hide potentially dangerous side effects.
One of the complications that some women have experienced after using the Mirena IUD is ectopic pregnancy, a life threatening pregnancy that takes place outside of the uterus and result in both pelvic inflammatory disease and the perforation of the uterine wall. Women who developed ectopic pregnancy and have filed a Mirena lawsuit are seeking a settlement that will cover their lost wages, medical bills, emotional anguish, and pain.
The sheer number of Mirena lawsuits that have been filed against Bayer have prompted the pharmaceutical company to petition the New Jersey Supreme Court and ask that the various lawsuits be consolidated, a petition the court denied in 2013. However in the Southern District of New York a similar request was granted resulting in more than 500 Mirena lawsuits being passed onto U.S. Judge Cathy Seibel.
Ectopic pregnancy is just one of the issues some of the women who have filed Mirena lawsuits against Bayer are worried about. Some of the women didn’t become pregnant while using the IUD, but they did require multiple surgeries after the device moved from its original position and migrated up and into the intestinal cavity where it did a great deal of damage that include, perforations, abscesses, and obstructions. Once the device has moved, it can be hard to locate and extracting it often requires one or more surgeries.
Rxinjuryhelp is an excellent reference website for any woman who has been experiencing health problems as a result of a Mirena IUD.