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Several women have filed legal lawsuits against the well-known company Bayer upon suffering various complications from the IUD (intrauterine device) Mirena.
More than 8 percent of U.S. women that use birth control choose a reversible, long-term method such as IUDs. IUDs are designed to prevent women from getting pregnant for as long as five years by releasing certain hormones upon implantation. They are also a very convenient alternative for women who can’t take birth control pills every day due to other complications.
One such IUD that’s marketed and manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals called Mirena has come under fire due to its dangerous side effects and health risks leading to several lawsuits stating that the product is excessively dangerous and defective. Amid the number of claims of the company’s negligence, Bayer is literally accused of marketing and selling a harmful product, hiding the risky complications, and deceptively advertising their product.
Mirena has been widely used across Europe since as far back as 1991 and was subsequently approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 2000. Based on the numerous FDA reports, women have since then reported over 45,000 adverse reactions to the drug, including vaginal hemorrhage, device dislocation, and device expulsion.
How Mirena Works
The principle design of the Mirena IUD includes a flexible T-shaped, small container of plastic that continuously emits doses of levonorgestrel, a hormone typically found in birth control pills. The hormone works to thicken the walls of a woman’s uterus, therefore reducing the survival rates and motility of sperm upon entering the uterus and thereby greatly decreasing the chance of getting pregnant. Even Bayer isn’t completely sure how Mirena actually works.
Side Effects of Mirena
Mirena can produce serious health risks for some women, including the following:
• Pregnancies that initiate outside the uterus
• Life-threatening ectopic pregnancies
• PID (pelvic inflammatory disease)
• Perforation of a woman’s uterine wall
Women who have suffered with these serious conditions upon using Mirena are continuing to pursue legal lawsuits against Bayer, stating that the device is seriously defective and seeking due compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and numerous medical expenses.
Women and Mirena Lawsuits
Lawsuits previously filed against Bayer accuse them of making a defective product, implementing deceptive marketing tactics, and concealing the various adverse side effects of the IUD including perforating the uterus and the spontaneous relocation of the device itself. More specifically, the label on Mirena failed to caution consumers and doctors alike concerning any of these complications and dishonestly portrayed them as rare occurrences when several females came forward suffering from these negative side effects. Any plaintiffs who have previously filed a claim are additionally suing for punitive damages as well, stating that Bayer Pharmaceuticals knew full well about the negative ramifications of Mirena.
List of Numerous Complaints Against Bayer
• Failed to warn consumers and doctors about the many negative side effects, such as spontaneous relocation of the IUD.
• Misrepresented Mirena’s benefits.
• Minimized the various complications as being rare.
• Employed deceptive marketing tactics.
• Failed to disclose adequate instructions and warnings.
• Created a clearly defective product.
• Hid the product’s dangerous side effects.
• Designed and knowingly marketed, sold, and distributed an unethical product.
• Breached an express warranty.
Real Life Cases of Mirena’s Complications and Lawsuits
Women who have unfortunately experienced Mirena’s complications including uterine perforations and device relocation may wish to file a claim and receive compensation for subsequent medical expenses in addition to their pain and suffering. A knowledgeable Mirena lawyer can offer helpful advice on how to effectively build a case against Bayer and how to appropriately manage the entire process as well as informing the client on what to expect from their lawsuit.
Case 1 –
A woman filed a lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals upon suffering a uterine perforation once the Mirena IUD shifted from her uterus to her abdomen close to her liver. She had surgery to remove the device and just a short time later became pregnant. But, she later received treatment in the ER due to vaginal bleeding and unfortunately suffered a miscarriage. The woman is now severely distressed and may never get the chance to have children since Mirena may have caused her to be infertile. In her lawsuit, she accuses Bayer of intentionally marketing and selling an unsafe and defective product.
Case 2 –
A young woman of 24 years of age filed a claim against Bayer Pharmaceuticals as a result of the IUD causing her permanent physical harm. When the woman underwent surgery in order to remove the Mirena IUD, the device was nowhere to be found inside her uterus. Instead, it had dislodged and relocated to her abdomen, causing her to undergo yet another surgery to remove it. She experienced agonizing side effects as a result and incurred further medical expenses due to the failed device. According to the details surrounding her lawsuit, the product’s label failed to warn consumers about the possibility that the Mirena IUD could unexpectedly move around in the body as well as deceptively marketing the benefits of the device.
Mirena and the FDA
Bayer Pharmaceuticals has additionally had problems in the past concerning Mirena. Upon reviewing the company’s script for product advertisement, the FDA cautioned Bayer Pharmaceuticals in a letter warning the company that they were in clear violation of particular details regarding the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The organization went on to say that the company’s advertising involved untrue or deceiving misrepresentations along with misbranding the product.
According to the FDA reports, Bayer Pharmaceuticals made false claims that by using Mirena it increases intimacy levels, romance, and enhances emotional fulfillment, without a shred of evidence to back this claim. Also, Bayer wrongly implied that any woman who uses Mirena will feel and look wonderful, even though in reality many women experienced weight gain, breast and back pain, and acne. They also conveniently left out important instructions on how to use the device in addition to certain risk information concerning complications.
Finding an Experienced Mirena Attorney
It’s no easy task to prove that a pharmaceutical company created a drug that could potentially harm people.
In fact, large drug manufacturers like Bayer generally defend themselves by referring to extensive lists of potentially dangerous side effects and proving that they cautioned consumers ahead of time. With regards to Mirena, having a proficient, experienced attorney on your side can greatly help you prove your case that you weren’t adequately informed regarding device relocation, uterine perforation, or any other adverse side effects.
It’s imperative that you know and understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm assists people every day who may be dealing with dangerous medical devices or drugs and helps them receive suitable compensation due to the dedicated efforts of our experienced team of lawyers.