LIFE-THREATENING COMPLICATIONS LINKED TO MIRENA IUD USAGE
The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is prescribed to women for long-term contraceptive use. The plastic device releases levonorgestrel while inserted in the woman’s uterus and can be used for up to five years. Intrauterine devices have been hailed as more convenient and as effective as traditional oral birth control drugs. More than two million women in the United States use Mirena IUD.
Since the introduction into the market in 2000, Mirena IUD has been under fire by thousands of women who allege the device has caused severe side effects. Victims of the dangerous device claim that the device’s manufacturer, Bayer, did not properly inform them of the risks associated with using the device. Between the Mirena IUD introduction to the market in 2000 and 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration received more than 70,000 complaints regarding Mirena IUD.
MIRENA IUD LINKED TO SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer in response to injuries and illnesses caused by Mirena IUD. One of the most common severe side effects of Mirena IUD is perforation or puncturing of the uterus or internal organs. When the plastic device migrates to other parts of the abdomen, the patient’s life is put in jeopardy. This can cause life-threatening complications and infections.
When Mirena IUD migrates to another part of the body and is embedded somewhere it shouldn’t be, surgery is usually required. Surgery can cause permanent damage and significant trauma to a patient as well as scarring and all of the potential fatal medical complications that surgery to the abdomen entails.
When Mirena IUD moves, or migrates into another part of the body, the following symptoms may occur:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Heavy spotting or bleeding
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Blood in the urine
In some cases, the IUD has led to complications that required a hysterectomy. Mirena IUD is recommended for women who have already had a child due to the risks it may pose.
ECTOPIC PREGNANCY WHILE USING MIRENA IUD
Another risk associated with using Mirena IUD is becoming pregnant, resulting in an ectopic pregnancy. This is when a pregnancy occurs outside of the uterus, sometimes in the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancies are a medical emergency and oftentimes require immediate surgery, potentially causing internal bleeding, infertility, and even death.
Sometimes pregnancy occurs normally when using Mirena IUD. When this occurs, the risk of a severe infection, miscarriage, or premature delivery is increased. Continuing a pregnancy with an IUD inserted can also cause death. Pregnancy is uncommon when using Mirena (less than 8 in 1,000 women using Mirena, according to Bayer), but when it occurs, severe health problems can be the result.
FDA WARNS BAYER OVER CONTROVERSIAL MARKETING OF MIRENA IUD
In 2009, Bayer used the help of Mom Central, a networking site for mothers, to organize and throw parties to push the sale of Mirena IUD. A Mom Central representative along with a nurse practitioner suggested Mirena IUD could improve a woman’s intimacy and romance with their partners as well as improve their looks and mood.
The FDA warned Bayer that this marketing strategy included misleading information and made claims about the drug that had no evidence. In addition, the agency revealed that Bayer did not include the potentially deadly and life-changing side effects that may result from Mirena IUD.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED BIRTH CONTROL MEDICATION INJURY LAWYER
If you have been injured after using Mirena IUD, you may be entitled to compensation. If you suffered complications, illness, injuries, or pain due to a surgery that was necessary to remove the IUD, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced dangerous drug and pharmaceutical litigation attorneys are available to evaluate your claim. We can provide you with a free consultation to determine if you have a case. Taking on the pharmaceutical companies can be complicated and expensive, but our firm has the legal resources and experience necessary to develop your case. Contact us today.