New York, NY (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Mirena® IUD caused significant pain, suffering, emotional distress and a number of other adverse effects in a Missouri woman. The suit was filed on November 30th in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Morris County (Docket No. MRSL-2928-12). Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals have been named as the Defendants.
Mirena® is an intrauterine device (IUD) approved in 2000 as a form of long-term contraception. It is a small, T-shaped plastic device attached to two strings that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare professional. While inserted, it slowly releases the hormone levonorgestrel. Mirena® is left inside the uterus for up to five years. According to the lawsuit, Bayer says it is not exactly sure how Mirena® works to prevent pregnancy. The suit also notes that the Defendants only warn about the risk of uterine perforation when the device is first inserted, and does not mention the risk of spontaneous migration.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff received the Mirena® IUD in 2009. At the time, she appeared to tolerate the procedure well and there was little evidence to suggest that the device had perforated her uterus. In December 2010, however, the Plaintiff presented to the emergency room, where an ultrasound showed that Mirena® was no longer inside her uterus. Thereafter, she underwent laparoscopic surgery in order to remove Mirena®.
The suit alleges that, as a direct result of the Defendants’ negligent and wrongful actions, the Plaintiff suffered from severe and permanent physical injuries, substantial pain and suffering, and economic loss due to medical expenses and lost wages.
The complaint states that the Defendants have a history regarding the deceptive marketing of Mirena®. According to the lawsuit, Bayer was contacted in 2009 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) over their “Simple Style” program, which featured live presentations to promote Mirena®. The DDMAC warned Bayer for failing to mention the risks of Mirena® while making unsubstantiated claims about its benefits; among other things the presenters told women that Mirena® would help increase libido and help them “look and feel great”. The script also stated that the device did not require any type of monthly routine. The DDMAC dismissed all these claims as false, and warned Bayer against making misleading statements about Mirena® in the future.
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 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