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
- 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 defective drug litigation lawyer Cliff Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, 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.