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Have you or someone you love used the Mirena IUD as a method of birth control or to control heavy menstrual bleeding and suffered a devastating injury? More than two million women in the United States have used Mirena and many have had it removed after the device dislocated and sliced their uterus and travelled to other parts of the body, including the abdomen. The side effects that have been associated with Mirena include:

  • Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
  • Migration into the abdomen or other organs
  • Embedment in the uterine wall
  • Sepsis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Ovarian cysts

Mirena was approved by the FDA in 2000 as a contraceptive device. In 2009 it was approved for treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding for women who prefer and IUD as their method of birth control. The Mirena IUD is a T-shaped device that is implanted directly into the uterus and can remain in place for up to five years. It works by slowly releasing levonorgestrel, a synthetic “hormone” to prevent pregnancy and to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. Levonorgestrel is a hormone commonly used in combined oral contraceptives. Our Mirena lawsuits attorneys in Pennsylvania can answer your questions.

Warning issued to Bayer in 2009

In 2009, the FDA first issued a warning to Bayer for overstating the effectiveness of Mirena, while minimizing the risks associated with it. This was considered an FDA reprimand of Bayer for deceptive marketing practices. In its reprimand letter to Bayer, FDA noted that the company’s “Simply Style” marketing materials and scripts for sales representatives included a variety of false, misleading, and scientifically unsupportable statements. As of June 30, 2012, the FDA has received 45,697 reports of a serious Mirena birth control side effect. More than two million women in the United States have used Mirena. However, to date the FDA has not issued a Mirena recall.

Filing a Mirena Birth Control Lawsuit

If you have been injured by Mirena, the Rieders Travis law firm may be able to help you recover from this devastating injury by bringing a lawsuit against Mirena’s manufacturer, Bayer. Bayer has already been reprimanded by the FDA for its misleading marketing practices associated with Mirena. Call our defective drug litigation lawyer at Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters,  to see whether your claim would be appropriate for filing or in combination with one of the legal cases already filed. Contact our Williamsport office today to learn about your legal rights and the potential compensation available.

Attorney Cliff Rieders

Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]