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The pharmaceutical giant Bayer makes Mirena, an intrauterine device (IUD) that's supposed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years after it’s implanted. Bayer aggressively markets Mirena, which has been used by over 2 million American women and an additional 13 million women internationally since its FDA approval in 2000.

This would all be well and good if Mirena behaved as it should. But Mirena has been reported to sometimes travel from its intended implantation site to other places in the body, causing serious complications including ectopic pregnancy, infection and organ puncture, that can ultimately require hysterectomy. In one lawsuit, the plaintiff experienced such severe complications that her Mirena needed to be surgically removed.

Although there have been more than 45,000 reports of problems associated with Mirena, including the above, Bayer makes no mention of any risks or reported side effects in any of its Mirena advertisements. Even though lawsuits have been filed throughout the United States against Bayer for false advertising, Bayer has made no changes to alert consumers to the potential dangers involved in using Mirena.

This cannot be allowed to continue. Companies need to let consumers know when their products have harmed others, so people can make informed decisions about which products to trust with their health and safety. Bayer needs to be held accountable for any harms Mirena has caused.

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