When the Mirena IUD birth control device was introduced by Bayer in 2000, many thought it would replace much of the market for daily birth controls since patients could get an implant to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years.
Now, however, the FDA has received tens of thousands of reports of women suffering serious injury using the device and a federal court has been established for some victims to file lawsuits for their damages.
Mirena is a small plastic device that is implanted into the uterus by a doctor. It has the potential to prevent pregnancy for up to five years, which means women using it don’t have to remember a daily pill or monthly vaginal ring.
A recent CDC study estimated the use of IUDs like Mirena has grown at least 700% in the past decade.
However, experts warn of dangers. Reports show the devices can cause serious perforation injury well after they are implanted.
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons recently reported a study showing Mirena IUDs can become dislodged and perforate the uterine wall after implantation, a serious complication that can injure other organs and require surgery.
Also, the FDA has received 70,072 adverse event reports since Mirena was introduced for patients suffering side effects. Approximately 6,000 of these were for IUDs becoming dislocated, embedding into the uterine wall or perforating through it.
Due to the number of women injured by these IUDs coming forward to file claims, a federal panel created a special multidistrict litigation court for those with a Mirena lawsuit. The latest report shows the amount of claims had doubled in recent months.
Lawyers are currently helping those who suffered uterine perforation from Mirena IUDs or required surgery to remove the device file claims. If you or a loved one were affected, it is important to learn your legal options as soon as possible.
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