Mirena IUD – An intrauterine device (IUD) by the name of Mirena, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals is under review for its deception to the public by not revealing the risk of complications the product could cause. An IUD is a small “T” shaped device that is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a heath care provider. The IUD releases small, continual amounts of hormones into the uterus in order to prevent pregnancy.
Although Mirena IUD has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 2002, the lawsuit claims the product is dangerous and defective. There have been 45,000 plus reports of expulsion and dislocation of the product, infection, complications resulting in surgical removal as well as vaginal hemorrhage. More serious allegations include women’s uterine wall being perforated, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy – which can be life threatening. “One of the most dangerous side effects of Mirena occurs when the device migrates from its normal position in the uterus. Despite the fact that Bayer claims this is a rare occurrence with Mirena, a study published by the Department of Radiology at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center found that this is a “frequently encountered complication.” When the IUD migrates, it can perforate the uterus and enter the abdominal cavity, pelvis, bladder or blood vessels. It can cause pain, infection, and damage to intestines and other nearby organs. This is a serious condition and requires surgery to correct. In some cases, emergency surgery is necessary to prevent further damage.” http://www.drugwatch.com/mirena/
Bayer acted negligently and recklessly by promoting Mirena IUD as a safe way to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Bayer withheld vital information with regards to the device and the destruction it could cause. They not only failed women but the medical community as well. Unlike oral contraceptives, Mirena users don’t have to worry about taking a pill and with a failure rate of less than 1% it became quite popular. Contacting an experienced Mirena attorney can help you to determine if you have a claim against Bayer Pharmaceuticals.