New York, New York (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
As Mirena IUD lawsuits continue to mount in courts around the country, a new case study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology highlights the risks associated with Mirena IUD removal in pregnant women, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. The report, published on March 4th, details the case of a young woman who underwent Mirena removal when she was 12 weeks pregnant. The device had migrated some years before, but because it could not be located via ultrasound, it was assumed the IUD had fallen out. The Mirena IUD remained undetected in the patient’s body for years, until she began experiencing abdominal pain. While the procedure to remove the IUD was performed successfully, the study authors wrote that Mirena IUD removal in such cases remains controversial. Allowed to remain, the woman would have been at risk for septic abortion and preterm labor, as well as adhesion formation, infection and organ injury. However, surgery during pregnancy to remove the IUD poses its own risks, the researchers noted.*
“We have heard from numerous women who suffered organ damage, infections and other problems associated with Mirena IUD migration. This study just highlights how dangerous this complication can be, especially if a pregnancy occurs while the IUD remains in the body,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to women who suffered spontaneous device migration, uterine perforations, and other alleged Mirena complications.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits
The Mirena IUD was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for contraception in 2000. In 2009, Mirena’s approved uses were expanded to include treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who wish to use an IUD as their method of birth control. The small, plastic t-shaped device is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider, where it may remain for up to 5 years. In 2009, the FDA cited Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals for a Mirena promotion it said was misleading, and downplayed risks associated with the device.**
Court documents indicate that a number of Mirena lawsuits pending in federal courts allege that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals has a history of overstating the efficacy of Mirena while understating its potential safety concerns. Plaintiffs further allege they suffered serious injuries after the Mirena IUD perforated the uterine wall and migrated away from its original position. In January, plaintiffs in federally-filed Mirena lawsuits petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate all such claims in a single proceeding and transfer the cases to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. The Panel has scheduled a hearing on the matter for March 21st in San Diego, California. (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434 (JPML))
While Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals is opposing the proposed federal multidistrict litigation, court records indicate the company had asked the New Jersey Supreme Court last year to establish a consolidated proceeding in Middlesex County Superior Court for Mirena lawsuits filed in the state. However, that request was declined on January 8th.***
Young women who used Mirena and suffered device migration leading to uterine perforations or other serious injuries may be entitled to file their own Mirena IUD lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Learn more about Mirena complications by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s Mirena lawsuit website. For additional information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling (877) 779-1414.
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