Mirena IUD Lawyers
Motley Rice is reviewing potential Mirena lawsuits involving patients who were implanted with the intrauterine contraceptive device Mirena® but had to have the device surgically removed after it migrated, perforating the uterine lining. Manufactured by New Jersey-based Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mirena is an IUD device that must be inserted by a trained health care provider and is intended to provide contraceptive protection for up to five years.
Some women have experienced serious adverse side-effects and potentially life-threatening complications following the implantation of the Mirena device, including perforation of or imbedment in the uterus.
Contact a Mirena Lawyer
If you, or someone you know, had to have an implanted Mirena IUD device surgically removed because it migrated from its original position (extra-uterine migration) and perforated the uterine lining, please contact Mirena lawyer Carmen Scott by email or call 1.800.768.4026 to discuss your potential Mirena lawsuit. Motley Rice member attorney Fred Thompson serves as co-lead counsel for the Mirena multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mirena Side Effects
Some women who have had Mirena implanted experienced serious and even debilitating or life-threatening side-effects. The device may migrate from its original position after being inserted, perforating the uterus or embedding itself in the uterus. In both instances, a doctor must locate and surgically remove the device. Mirena may also migrate outside the uterine cavity and cause adhesions or scarring that can lead to infertility. Depending on the damage caused, affected women may require a complete hysterectomy, and more serious complications could result in death.
Serious side effects that have been linked to Mirena include:
- Birth of a child with a birth defect
- Embedment in the uterus
- Erosion of adjacent areas such as the vagina
- Inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and internal organs (Peritonitis)
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Perforation of the uterus
If you had to have an implanted Mirena IUD device surgically removed because it migrated from its original position (extra-uterine migration) and perforated the uterine lining, you may have a potential Mirena lawsuit.
Mirena is a small, t-shaped plastic device that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider and works as a contraceptive by releasing a low dose of levonorgestrel (a synthetic progestin hormone) directly into the uterus. Like other contraceptives, the hormone in Mirena is designed to prevent pregnancy by thinning the lining of the uterus, thereby preventing sperm from reaching and fertilizing and egg, and by thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.
Mirena was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 and is recommended to women who have had at least one child. The device can be left in place for up to five years. Mirena was also FDA-approved in 2009 to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who prefer intrauterine contraception as their method of birth control, the first time that the FDA has approved an intrauterine device for this purpose.
On January 14, 2010, The FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer regarding its live consumer-directed program involving Mirena representatives who traveled to consumers' homes. The letter stated that the manufacturer "overstates the efficacy of Mirena, presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena."