A federal judicial panel announced last week that they would conduct a hearing in San Diego, CA next month to decide the fate of the rising number of Mirena lawsuits filed by women who suffered perforation or device migration.
The popular Mirena IUDs, which have some of the highest pregnancy prevention rates, have been under scrutiny lately due to growing injury complaints. So far, the FDA has received more than 47,000 adverse event reports of patients suffering complications while using the device.
Of the reports, more than 5,000 involved device dislocation and nearly 1,500 involved device migration, which can result in perforation of the uterine wall or damage to other organs. More than 6% of those affected required hospitalization or surgery.
The FDA already warned Bayer, who makes Mirena, of misleading marketing in 2009, after they failed to disclose safety risks and claimed Mirena could help busy moms “look and feel great.”
Fox News reported in December that litigation surrounding the Mirena devices is growing. Last month, plaintiffs asked that cases be consolidated to a special federal Multi-District Litigation court in Ohio. The petition estimates that, with over 2 million women using the IUD, hundreds of Mirena lawsuits could be filed.
On February 15th the U.S. Joint Panel on MultiDistrict Litigation announced they will conduct a hearing on March 21,2013 to decide whether cases will be consolidated to one court, and where that will be.
Legal experts say an MDL court would be more beneficial to victims than a Mirena class action lawsuit because it will allow those affected to join forces and share resources without losing control over their individual case.
If you or a loved one suffered a perforation or required surgery to remove a Mirena device, it is important that you speak with a lawyer to learn your legal rights as soon as possible. Due to the specialized nature of federal MDL drug injury cases, the Drug Risk Resource Center only recommends lawyers who are already handling Mirena lawsuits.
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