Doyle Raizner Responds to Mirena Lawsuits

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Lawsuits over the Mirena birth control device have been consolidated. Attorney Jeff Raizner says the cases are moving forward smoothly and more women can still join the suit.

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The progress with the Mirena lawsuits is promising.

Mirena lawsuits have been consolidated into a single multidistrict litigation and are moving forward in the United States District Court Southern District of New York. Attorney Jeff Raizner, who represents a Mirena plaintiff, says that the litigation is ready to move forward (Case MDL No. 2434).

Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) manufactured by Bayer Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals. It was designed to provide women with reversible long-term birth control, but carries potentially serious side effects. Plaintiffs allege that they were not adequately warned of the side effects, which in some cases included perforation of the uterus and life threatening consequences.

The status conference saw discussion of leadership among the plaintiffs' counsel. The consolidated litigation includes at least 46 federal lawsuits.

“The progress with the Mirena lawsuits is promising,” said Raizner. “The evidence is strong and we will keep reaching out to women who may have been harmed by this device.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued formal warnings to Bayer about not disclosing Mirena's severe side effects, and a study by the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (Jan-Mar 2011) warned that the device can break the uterine wall and migrate.

“You have women who were told it would be a harmless, hassle free method,” Raizner said. “After numerous emergency surgeries, some of them will never be able to bear children again.”

Raizner says that many other women were likely affected.

“As many as 1 in 1000 women who used Mirena experienced severe side effects (HealthLinkBC, http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/otherdetail/tw9516.html),” he said. “It's clear that surgeons and the FDA knew the risks, but this information was not given to patients.”

Raizner says that other women who used Mirena can still come forward and join the suit.

“If you believe Mirena harmed you, act quickly,” he said. “This is the opportunity to get justice.”

About Jeff Raizner:

Jeffrey L. Raizner is a founding partner of the Law Offices of Doyle Raizner and a leading Mirena injury lawyer. Doyle Raizner's attorneys are experienced advocates for the victims of medical malpractice, and help patients receive fair compensation for unexpected complications. Mr. Raizner is also an experienced offshore injury lawyer. He can be contacted at:

Doyle Raizner LLP
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1221 McKinney Street
Suite 4100
Houston, TX 77010
713-571-1146

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