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Mirena IUD

Thousands of Women Suffering from Mirena

A growing number of women are reporting serious and life-threatening problems with the Mirena IUD (intrauterine device). The FDA has received more than 45,000 reports of injuries and adverse side effects. More than two million women in the United States have used the Mirena.

LIFE-THREATENING COMPLICATIONS

Damage from the Mirena IUD includes:

  • Device migration outside the uterus, losing contraceptive effectiveness
  • Damage and scarring of the uterus
  • Organ perforation
  • Embedding in the uterus or other organs
  • Infertility
  • Erosion of adjacent areas such as the vagina
  • Abscesses
  • Intestinal obstructions
  • Ectopic pregnancies that are dangerous and potentially fatal
  • Pelvic inflammatory syndrome and inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal cavity (peritonitis)
  • Infection with streptococcus bacteria causing toxic shock syndrome
  • Excess bleeding
  • Need for surgery to correct Mirena damage

WHAT IS THE MIRENA IUD?

  • The Mirena IUD is a contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus and lasts up to five years.
  • It gradually releases the hormone levonorgestrel into the body to prevent pregnancy.
  • Mirena is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
BAYER EXAGGERATED MIRENA’S BENEFITS

There is growing concern that Bayer exaggerated the benefits of the Mirena IUD in its advertisements. In late 2009, the FDA sent a letter to Bayer warning it about overstating Mirena’s benefits.

“[The script] overstates the efficacy of Mirena, presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena,” FDA.

The FDA’s concerns included:

  • Exaggerated claims of increased intimacy and confidence, which could run counter to the device’s propensity to cause acne and bloating.
  • Promotion of Mirena as a way to look and feel better, while ignoring possible infertility if a woman became pregnant while taking Mirena.
  • Promotion that women taking Mirena did not need follow-up visits, which contradicted label requirements.
MANY WOMEN NOW FILING LAWSUITS

Many women are now coming forward and filing lawsuits against Bayer for damage from the Mirena IUD. Bayer also manufactured the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, which have been the subject of extensive litigation.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

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