Mirena IUD Injuries
The Blackwell Law Firm is investigating claims of personal injury related to the Mirena IUD, a medical device marketed by Bayer. Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) sold as a long-term method of birth control. The Mirena IUD is T-shaped. It is inserted in the uterus and releases levonorgestral, a progestogen. Levonorgestrol is a prescription medication used as a contraceptive.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Mirena IUD in 2000. Mirena is approved to remain in the uterus for up to five years.
In 2006, Bayer bought the company that developed Mirena and continued to market the product aggressively. Bayer has generated millions of dollars marketing Mirena as a safe and effective method of long-term birth control.
Bayer markets the product as safe. Yet, the Mirena device carries significant risks of complications. It may migrate, puncture or perforate the uterus. It may even become embedded in the uterine wall or lodge in other organs. Thousands of women have suffered serious injuries and side effects after being implanted with the Mirena device. These injuries and side effects include:
- Embedment in the uterus
- Migration and expulsion of the device
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Painful surgeries
Many injured women claim Bayer should have done more to warn of the tremendous risks. Bayer did not warn of spontaneous device migration – which has resulted in many injuries. Injured women also point to communications from the FDA to Bayer asserting the company’s advertisements minimized overall risks.
Physicians can remove safely the Mirena IUD. However, complications or injuries from the device may require more invasive procedures for removal.
Presently, numerous cases of Mirena IUD injuries filed in Federal Court have been consolidated into a multi-district (MDL) proceeding. We have appeared in this MDL proceeding. If you would like to discuss a possible Mirena injury, please feel free to call. We can review your possible case or help you obtain compensation for your injuries.