Lawsuits continue to mount against makers of IUD Mirena

Bayer Pharmaceutical’s long-acting birth control Mirena continues to be one of the most central figures in contraceptive legislation. An intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena is the subject of lawsuits across the country claiming personal injuries and emotional distress. Cases are piling up against the drug company, with some experts predicting claims could number into the hundreds, even thousands.

According to an report, there have been more than 45,000 incidences of Mirena IUD complications submitted by women (not all of these women have filed lawsuits) who suffered issues such as:

  • Abscesses
  • Embedment in the uterine wall
  • Uterine perforations
  • Infertility
  • Infection
  • Intestinal perforations or obstruction
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Ectopic Pregnancy

Girls and women across the United States are suing Bayer, claiming a variety of complications and side effects from Mirena usage. The lawsuits feature claims of problems occurring immediately following insertion to issues after long-term usage. Mirena is deemed a long-term birth control, meaning it is marketed to be safe for use for up to five years.

These lawsuits include claims alleging migration of the IUD to other parts of the body and perforation of the uterus. When the IUD migrates spontaneously, it can perforate the uterus and enter the abdominal cavity, pelvis, bladder or blood vessels. This can cause pain, infection and damage to other nearby organs. Surgery is often required. A small number of claims filed contend women have suffered severe scarring, hospitalization and extended medical care.

Claims have also been filed by girls and women who have suffered some of the complications mentioned above, including ectopic pregnancy, fertility problems and infections requiring extreme medical care.

In addition, women in some of the lawsuits are asserting that Bayer knowingly released a defective drug and failed to warn doctors and women about the potential risks. Bayer’s marketing campaign of Mirena, entitled “Simple Style” received a lot of attention, and even an official warning, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA said in the warning in 2009 that Bayer overstated the effectiveness of Mirena, and minimized the risks associated with it during its marketing campaign.

Bayer is no stranger to contraception-related lawsuits. The company has already been involved in thousands of lawsuits in birth control related cases involving their hormonal contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin and their generic equivalents. There are over 6,000 individual Yaz and Yasmin cases filed, which has been consolidated into one single multidistrict legislation. In January 2011, Bayer indicated it had no intention of settling with the Yaz and Yasmin prosecutors.  

Mirena was approved by the (FDA) in 2000 and is one of only two IUD’s approved for use in the United States. Despite the risks associated with IUD’s, it is globally the most popular form of birth control with an estimated 150 million users.

New lawsuits continue to be filed across the country. If you have suffered any complications during or following usage of Mirena, there is help. The lawyers at Nolan Law Group are currently evaluating Mirena IUD cases. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury after using Mirena,  please Contact Us or call 312-630-4000.