Jones Ward is currently reviewing and evaluating potential Mirena lawsuits concerning women who were implanted with the intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) Mirena, and suffered injuries due to the device's tendency to migrate and perforate the uterine wall.
Some women who have undergone implantation of the Mirena IUD have suffered serious injuries. Some have even experienced life-threatening side effects or had to undergo hysterectomies due to complications with the device.
Injured women across the country are suing Bayer, Mirena's manufacturer, for its failure to warn of the serious risks and for overstating the benefits of the Mirena IUD.
According to the lawsuits and adverse events regarding the Mirena IUD, the device may "migrate" from its original, implanted position after insertion, which may perforate the uterus or embed in the uterus. Mirena IUDs may also migrate outside the uterine cavity and cause lacerations and scarring. Not only do these complications require reparative surgery (to first, locate and remove the device), but they could also cause permanent infertility.
The Mirena IUD is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical giant based out of New Jersey. IUDs have become a popular form of birth control due to their longevity (can remain for up to 5 years).
The Mirena IUD is a small, t-shaped device made of plastic that is inserted into the uterus. The device releases a low dose of a hormone designed to prevent pregnancy. Mirena was first approved in 2000 and marketed primarily to women who have given birth. In 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration admonished Bayer, stating Bayer overemphasized the device's efficacy and downplayed its side effects in parts of its marketing.
As reports of complications grow, so do claims that Bayer has failed to adequately warn of the potentially life-threatening side effects that may occur after implantation of the device.
Serious side effects that have been linked to Mirena include:
• Birth of a child with a birth defect
• Embedment in the uterus
• 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
• Perforation of the uterus
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