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Date posted: 8/1/2013

Since it was introduced over a decade ago, the Mirena IUD from Bayer has been a popular contraceptive choice for women who have already given birth or who don’t want to keep up with daily or monthly birth control.

However, with thousands of patients reporting Mirena side effects or injuries to the FDA, experts predicted Bayer could experience a drop in sales or legal action from those affected.

Last month, DrugRisk reported that lawsuits filed over unintended uterus perforation injuries had nearly doubled in recent months. Now, the latest financial reports from Bayer indicate sales of Mirena have also suffered, dropping by 3% since last year.

The Mirena plastic IUD is inserted into the uterus by a doctor and intended to provide up to 5 years of pregnancy prevention. The Centers for Disease Control recently reported that the number of women using IUDs like this had grown by 700% in the past decade.

However, experts warn of dangers. The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons published a case study this year warning that IUDs like Mirena can move out of place and puncture the uterine wall, which can require surgery to remove or repair damage to other organs.

So far, the FDA has received 70,072 reports of patients suffering Mirena side effects since the device went on the market. Around 6,000 of these were serious complications like IUD dislocation or perforation into the uterine wall.

Due to the number of women filing a Mirena lawsuit over perforation injuries, the JPML created a special multidistrict litigation federal court instead of a Mirena class action lawsuit. The latest court records show the number of cases has doubled since May.

Now, the latest financial report from Bayer shows sales of Mirena dropped 3% from the same time last year, falling from 199 million to 193 million euros. This could be an indication women are becoming aware of the side effects and injury lawsuits.

Lawyers are still helping those affected file lawsuits. If you or a loved one suffered a peforation injury or underwent surgery to remove a Mirena IUD, it is important to learn your legal options. However, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who are already handling these complex Mirena lawsuits.

For more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Mirena, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.