Women who have experienced side effects or were forced to undergo surgery after using the Mirena intrauterine device for birth control may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Health officials in the U.S. and Canada have warned about the side effects of Mirena and the devastating consequences they can have for women who have been injured by this product.
Mirena lawsuits that have already been filed against Bayer, the manufacturer of the IUD, have accused the company of failing to properly warn patients about the risk of side effects they faced by using the device. These allegations are based in part on a Mirena warning letter sent by the Food and Drug Administration to Bayer in 2009 about the side effects of its product.
The FDA’s letter accused Bayer of overstating the effectiveness of Mirena while downplaying the risk of serious side effects caused by the IUD. The agency cited a number of complications that may occur with the device, including uterine perforation, migration of the device outside the uterus, infection, embedding of the IUD in the uterine wall, and pelvic inflammatory disease. In some cases, these complications may require surgery to repair injuries caused by Mirena or to remove the IUD from the body.
The FDA also highlighted a number of complications with Mirena that could occur among women who become pregnant while using the IUD. About half of women who become pregnant while using the Mirena IUD will suffer an ectopic pregnancy, a condition which poses serious risks to the health and the life of the mother. The Mirena IUD can also increase the risk of a miscarriage or other complications that could cause permanent infertility.
The FDA has received more than 45,000 reports of adverse events related to Mirena since the device first went on sale. But despite the health risks associated with its use, Bayer has not announced any plans to issue a Mirena recall or to withdraw the device from sale.
If you or a loved one used Mirena and suffered complications from the device, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. For a free legal consultation to find out if you qualify to file a case, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page and one of our representatives will be in touch with you as soon as possible.