According to the complaints, both women underwent hysteroscopy to remove the Mirena IUD after the device was not found in its expected location.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed two lawsuits against Bayer Corporation, et al. on behalf of women allegedly injured by the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD). The first suit was filed on April 12th on behalf of an Ohio woman (Case No. MRS-L 924-12) and the second was filed on May 21st on behalf of an Oklahoma woman (Case No. MRS-L 1263-12). Both complaints were filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County.
According to the complaints, both women underwent hysteroscopy to remove the Mirena IUD after the device was not found in its expected location. Both complaints allege severe and permanent physical injuries and substantial pain and suffering. The suits also allege that the Plaintiffs have acquired significant medical expenses, which will continue to accumulate in the future. Furthermore, the device has allegedly resulted in lost wages and impaired the ability to earn future wages.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mirena in 2000 as an intrauterine contraceptive. The T-shaped device releases a synthetic progestogen known as levonorgestrel into the uterus in order to prevent pregnancy, although Bayer admits that the exact mechanism remains unknown. In 2009, it was also approved to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use IUDs. Mirena is recommended for women who have had at least one child, and is indicated for up to 5 years of use. The device is used in over 2 million women in the United States and more than 15 million women worldwide. [http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/2009/ucm184747.htm
According to the FDA, Mirena has been associated with serious complications such as ectopic pregnancy, intrauterine pregnancy, group A streptococcal sepsis, pelvic inflammatory disease, device embedment in the unterine wall, uterine wall and cervix perforation. Side effects also include bleeding and spotting at irregular intervals, headaches, ovarian cysts, vaginitis, pain during menstruation, pelvic pain and breast tenderness.
According to Parker Waichman, Bayer has history regarding the misrepresentation of Mirena. Up until 2009, Bayer marketed Mirena towards “busy moms” in the form of live presentations. The so-called “Simple Style” program, which was conducted through the social networking site Mom Central, claimed that Mirena would increase intimacy and help users “look and feel great”. In 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) found that these claims were unsubstantiated, noting that the program failed to mention side effects such as weight gain, acne and breast or tenderness. [fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/EnforcementActivitiesbyFDA/WarningLettersandNoticeofViolationLetterstoPharmaceuticalCompanies/UCM197229.pdf]
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of Mirena IUD birth control. If you or a loved one experienced complications following the use of this device, please visit the firm's Mirena IUD Side Effects page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
For more information regarding Mirena IUD lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Contact: Parker Waichman LLP
Gary P. Falkowitz, Managing Attorney