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The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), made by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Inc., has spurred many lawsuits due to adverse side effects that can lead to greater health concerns.

Mirena was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in 2000 as a contraceptive. In 2009, the agency further approved the device for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. It was shortly after that the FDA issued a letter to Bayer requiring the company to immediately cease the false and misleading advertising of the device and to revise the labeling. (As an aside, the FDA Website provides a full and detailed list of revised Mirena contraindications and warnings.)

Use of the Mirena IUD has been linked to the many adverse side effects in women such as infections, abscesses and inflammation of the pelvis. In some instances, these health issues have led to more serious health complications which include perforations of the cervix, intestines and uterus. In fact, some cases required surgical removal of the device because it had migrated to other regions of the body.

Pending lawsuits contend that Bayer failed to properly study the device before it was released to market therefore not fully knowing the associated risks and side effects.

When medical devices or pharmaceuticals are not reasonably safe due to a defect, which includes inadequate warning of the associated injury risk, the victim may be entitled to recover damages that include medical expenses. If you or someone you love has suffered any adverse reaction in connection with the Mirena IUD, contact your medical doctor and then consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer that is familiar with these types of cases so that they may help you determine if you have a case and what is right for you.

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