According to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mirena® IUD Litigation Group, surgery needed to remove Mirena® when it perforates and migrates outside of the uterus can lead to organ damage, adhesions, infection and other serious complications.
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 21, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Washington woman alleging that the Mirena® IUD caused substantial injuries after it perforated her uterus. The suit was filed on January 2, 2013 in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Morris County (Case No. MRS L-0038-13). Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has been named as the Defendant.
The Mirena® IUD was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 as a long-term form of contraceptive. The small, t-shaped device is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare professional, where it can remain for up to five years, releasing the hormone levonorgestrel. According to the lawsuit, Bayer’s current warning on the device is inadequate; the label only warns about the risk of uterine perforation during insertion and does not mention the risk of spontaneous migration.
According to the FDA, the most serious side effects associated with Mirena® include:
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Group A streptococcal sepsis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff received the Mirena® IUD in 2010. She appeared to be tolerating the procedure well and there seemed to be no indication that the device had perforated her uterus until 2011, when an ultrasound revealed that that IUD was no longer inside the uterus. Thereafter, the Plaintiff underwent laparoscopic surgery to retrieve Mirena®. The lawsuit alleges that, as a result of the Defendant’s negligent and wrongful conduct and the unreasonably dangerous and defective characteristics of the product, the Plaintiff has suffered from severe and permanent physical injuries, pain and suffering and economic loss.
The lawsuit alleges that Bayer has had a history regarding the misrepresentation of Mirena®. In 2009, the company was contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) for making unsubstantiated claims about the device while failing to mention its risks.
According to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mirena® IUD Litigation Group, surgery needed to remove Mirena® when it perforates and migrates outside of the uterus can lead to organ damage, adhesions, infection and other serious complications. Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP, co-chairs the Group.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of Mirena® IUD birth control. If you or as a loved one experienced complications following the use of this device, please visit the firm's Mirena® IUD Side Effects page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary P. Falkowitz, Managing Attorney