New York, NY (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
The birth control safety advocates at DrugRisk.com have added new information for women using the IUD contraceptive Mirena. A federal court overseeing lawsuits alleging the device caused perforation injuries recently ordered parties to begin selecting initial test cases for trial*.
DrugRisk was created to improve the safety of patients using popular prescription drugs or medical devices by giving them the latest safety alerts, recalls, studies and legal news. Visitors can determine if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
The resource center has added health warnings from the FDA that Mirena IUDs can cause perforation of reproductive organs during implantation**. The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons has also advised that Mirena IUDs can become dislodged and perforate internal organs after they are inserted***.
A study from the United Kingdom found that 60% of patients discontinue use of the Mirena IUD before five years due to side effects****. The FDA has already received 70,072 reports of Mirena side effects, with as many as 6,000 involving device dislocation or perforation of the uterus*****.
Due to the number of patients filing a Mirena lawsuit, many cases have been consolidated to a special multi-district litigation court in the Southern District of New York. (In Re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434). The latest court records show 123 cases have already been filed.
Now, Judge Cathy Seibel, who is overseeing the federal litigation, has ordered that parties select an initial pool of bellwether cases by April 4, 2014*. Such cases can give the parties a sample of jury reaction and set the tone for settlement negotiations.
Anyone who suffered perforation or required surgery while using a Mirena IUD is urged to speak with a lawyer or visit the DrugRisk resource center for more information. However, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who are already handling these complex Mirena lawsuits.
For more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Mirena or other birth control devices, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.DrugRisk.com.
*U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel, Scheduling Order, 8/16/13; injurylawyer-news.com/2013/09/mirena-mdl-time-table-released/
**FDA, July 2008; http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/Safety-RelatedDrugLabelingChanges/ucm121936.htm
***JSLS March, 2011; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3134688/
****Gynecological Endocrinology, 7/31/09; cbgnetwork.org/3538.html
*****NBC News, 6/17/13; kshb.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/thousands-of-women-complain-about-dangerous-complications-from-mirena-iud-birth-control1371610411705