DrugRisk has uncovered financial records from drug maker Bayer which show use of the popular Mirena IUD birth control device has slowed amid growing complaints and lawsuits.
Also, a federal panel is set to meet this month to decide if the injury lawsuits filed over uterus perforation will be moved to a centralized federal court rather than in the New Jersey state court close to Bayer’s headquarters.
Mirena IUDs were introduced in 1999 as a long-term birth control that could prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. Bayer marketed the devices to busy moms as safe and convenient, which would allow them to “look and feel great”
However, FDA records show that so far, the agency has received nearly 50,000 adverse event reports for patients who suffered side effects while using a Mirena IUD. More than 5,000 of these involved dislocation and 1421 involved device migration, which can damage the uterine wall or other organs. In more than 6% of cases, patients required hospitalization or surgery.
Now, the latest report to investors from Bayer shows that sales of Mirena fell a whole 14% in the 4th quarter of 2012, from $206 million to $177 million, compared to the previous year.
The lawsuits filed by patients who were injured may be growing at the same time. A group of plaintiffs recently asked that cases be moved to one federal Multi-District Litigation court in Ohio. Their petition estimates that, with more than 2 million users, hundreds of Mirena perforation cases could be filed.
The federal Joint Panel on Multi-District Litigation will hold a hearing on March 21, 2013 to decide whether cases will be consolidated to one court, and where.
If you or a loved one suffered perforation or required surgery while using a Mirena IUD, it is important that you speak with a lawyer about your legal rights. Due to the specialized nature of these cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who are already handling Mirena lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Mirena, or to speak with a lawyer.