Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) which is used as a form of birth control. The small, t-shaped plastic device is implanted in the uterus, where it emits a low level of the hormone levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of progestin which is effective in preventing pregnancy. Unfortunately, the Mirena IUD has been known to dislodge from the site of its implantation and migrate to other parts of the body, where it can cause pain, infection and many serious health conditions. Women have had to undergo multiple surgeries in some situations to find the IUD and remove it.
Over a thousand lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Mirena. These lawsuits seek to hold Bayer liable for producing a defective product, placing a dangerous drug on the market, using deceptive and misleading advertising and marketing, and hiding or downplaying the risks involved.
A History of Reported Problems
Mirena was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Since then, the FDA has received reports of over 45,000 adverse events from women around the country. The FDA has time and again sent warning letters to Bayer regarding its marketing of the drug, chastising the company for making false marketing claims about the drug’s efficacy without making any statements about its risks. The FDA has also updated the Warnings and Precautions on Mirena’s safety label on more than one occasion.
Adverse Effects of Mirena IUD
Chief among the adverse events reported by Mirena users are the device’s spontaneous expulsion or dislocation. A dislocation of the device is especially concerning, as it can migrate to other parts of the uterus or even into the abdomen or intestines. Women have had to undergo surgery in these circumstances to find the device and remove it. Risks of a dislocated or migrating IUD include all of the following:
- Vaginal Hemorrhage
- Ectopic or Uterine Pregnancy
- Perforation of the Uterine Wall
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Perforated Intestines
- Infection, including Sepsis
Should I stop Using Mirena?
As with any prescription, you should not stop using Mirena without first consulting with your doctor. Also, a doctor’s assistance is recommended in removing the IUD. However, you should contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you are using the Mirena device and experience any of the following:
- Abdominal Pain
- Heavy Vaginal Bleeding
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Chills and/or Fever
- You Are Unable to Locate the IUD Strings
Lawsuits are Underway
Dozens of products liability lawsuits have been filed in federal court and consolidated into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Well over a thousand plaintiffs have joined this litigation to date. Lawsuits have also been filed at the state level, including a multicounty litigation centered in Bergen County, New Jersey.
If you experienced any of the above symptoms or other problems that may be associated with the Mirena IUD, the law office of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. wants to hear from you. We help people in New York City and surrounding areas who have been injured by dangerous drugs or defective medical devices recover compensation from the pharmaceutical companies responsible for their injuries. Call 1-800-634-8144 or contact us online to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.