New York, NY (PRWEB) April 18, 2014
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective drugs and medical devices, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Mirena IUD is harmful and caused injuries in a California woman. The suit was filed on March 27th in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Bergen County (In Re Mirena Litigation Case No. 297, Civil Action No. L-2903-14). Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bayer Pharma AG and Bayer OY have been named as Defendants.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff was implanted with Mirena IUD in February 2009. The product is an intrauterine device that releases the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy; once inserted, it can remain in the uterus for up to five years, the suit states. According to the lawsuit, the Defendants have admitted that “[i]t is not known exactly how Mirena works.” Additionally, the package labeling does not warn about spontaneous migration of Mirena, but only states that migration may occur if the uterus is perforated during insertion.
In the Plaintiff’s case, it is alleged that the initial procedure was tolerated well and there was no sign that her uterus was perforated during insertion. However, in March 2012 the Plaintiff underwent a laparoscopy to remove the Mirena IUD located intra-abdominally. The suit alleges that the Defendants’ negligent and wrongful actions are to blame for the Plaintiff’s injuries. Allegedly, she suffered severe and permanent physical injuries, endured substantial pain and suffering, incurred significant expenses for medical care and treatment and will continue to incur such expenses in the future. The suit also alleges that the Plaintiff has suffered from lost wages and loss of earning capacity.
The lawsuit also point out that Bayer has misrepresented Mirena in the past. According to the Complaint, the company was contacted in 2009 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 in the company’s “Simple Style” program.
The Complaint notes that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the most serious side effects associated with the Mirena IUD are:
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Group A streptococcal sepsis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
The attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are actively involved in the Mirena IUD litigation. Partner Raymond C. Silverman has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Mirena IUD multicounty litigation centralized in Bergen County, New Jersey. Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP, was previously appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation in New York. Mr. McCauley also co-chairs the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mirena IUD Litigation Group. The Group is actively involved in exchanging educational materials and medical literature in order to best represent victims.
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. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary P. Falkowitz, Managing Attorney