Mirena IUD Injury
Mirena IUD Linked to Side Effects and Brain Injuries
Searcy Denney is investigating claims against Bayer HealthCare for allegedly concealing the dangerous risk of Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) associated with the Mirena IUD.
Birth control is essential to many women who choose to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Fortunately, there are a number of safe and effective birth control options on the market to meet these needs. For the thousands of women who chose to use the Mirena IUD, however, the opposite has proven to be true. Lawsuits coming up across the country claim that women have suffered severe and debilitating injuries, such as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), uterine perforation, IUD mitigation, infertility and brain injuries due to Mirena IUD complications.
What is the Mirena IUD?
Mirena IUD (intrauterine device) is a long-acting, hormone-releasing form of birth control manufactured and marketed by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It is also marketed for treating heavy periods in women who choose to use birth control.
Introduced by Bayer and approved by the FDA in 2000, the t-shaped Mirena IUD device is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a trained healthcare provider. The device slowly releases the synthetic progesterone levonorgestrel, a third-generation synthetic progestin that aims to prevent pregnancy in one or more of the following ways: hindering a woman’s ovary from releasing an egg, interfering with the egg and sperm connection or by thinning the lining of the uterus.
According to prescribing instructions, the Mirena IUD can be left in the uterus for up to five years and should be removed after that. The device is only recommended for women who have had at least one child.
What are the Side Effects and Resulting Complications from Mirena IUD?
In many respects, the Mirena IUD is following in the footsteps of the Dalkon Shield IUD, which caused severe injury to a large percentage of its users. In fact, the FDA has reportedly reviewed more than 70,000 reports of complications from women who had the Mirena IUD implanted. Thousands of these women are filing Mirena IUD lawsuits after facing tremendous pain and injury from this product.
Women have suffered from the following complications as a result of using the Mirena IUD:
- Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) leading to vision impairments and brain injuries
- Uterine perforation and embedment causing scarring, infection, and organ damage
- IUD mitigation outside the uterus leading to intestinal perforations, obstructions, and adhesions
- Complete or partial expulsion after insertion
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Ovarian Cysts
Have You Suffered from Complications Due to the Mirena IUD?
If you’ve experienced serious injury and costly treatment due a defective IUD, please know that you are not alone. This type of injury is deeply personal and private, yet many women are stepping forward and taking a stand for their health and rights.
Please call us today at (800) 780-8607 for a free, no obligation consultation to talk about your potential defective medical device case. Your case will be handled with discretion and care. We are here to provide the legal support you need while undergoing this difficult recovery process.
To date, more than 1,800 lawsuits have been filed and consolidated alleging the Mirena IUD caused severe perforation and mitigation injuries. At first, claims were tried individually, but as the total of claims escalated, they were consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal courts and multicounty litigation (MCL) in state courts. The federal case is currently in appeal, but cases are still being reviewed at a state level.
Investigation is Underway into Mirena IUD Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Claims
Searcy Denney is currently investigating an increasing number of claims by women regarding Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) complications resulting from the Mirena IUD.
What is PTC?
Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC), also known as Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), is a disorder of elevated spinal fluid pressure in the brain. It often mimics a brain tumor, but instead arises spontaneously in the skull with no known cause. Many women who suffer this condition face tremendous injury, such as irreversible brain damage, blurred and lost vision due to optic nerve damage, recurring migraines and tinnitus. Treatment usually requires painful and costly neurological procedures to relieve the pressure in the brain.
The Mirena IUD prescribing information warns that women with migraines, vision loss or such symptoms should use the product with caution. The information, however, does not warn about the risk of PTC/IIH.
As a result of Bayer’s alleged concealment, more than 100 federal Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed and consolidated (MDL No. 2767) in the District of New York for pre-trial handling. This means that cases from across the country have similar claims about Mirena and will be reviewed as a group.
The claims allege that Bayer:
- Failed to provide adequate warnings about Mirena’s serious side effects and complications
- Engaged in false and misleading marketing
- Knowingly sold a defective product
- Failed to issue a recall once information about complications became known
A History of Irresponsible Marketing
Despite the high number of injury reports, known risks and ensuing lawsuits, the Mirena IUD continues to be irresponsibly marketed as a safe, easy-to-use, reversible form of birth control.
When Mirena was first released to the market, Bayer invaded social media to market to young working mothers. “Mirena Parties” were part of the campaign. A busy mom would invite her friends over for a house party or to a restaurant where a representative of the Mom Central community and a nurse practitioner would host. The company even gave these women a script that included taglines such as “look and feel great,” and “reconnect with ourselves and our partners.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had problems with these promises and issued Bayer a warning letter in December 2009. The agency said Bayer, “overstates the efficacy of Mirena, presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena.” Bayer stopped the parties in 2009 but that was too late for women who already had the risky IUD implanted based on the hollow promises.
Since the risks of Mirena were downplayed, many women who are now symptomatic may have no idea their debilitating complications are linked to their Mirena IUD.
Are You Suffering from PTC After Using the Mirena IUD?
If you or a loved one used a Mirena IUD and experienced Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC), find out today if you’re eligible to take action against the company responsible for your pain and injuries. Our firm has successfully represented hundreds of people just like yourself who have suffered tremendously at the hands of a negligent corporation.
Risking the health, fertility, and livelihood of thousands of women is unacceptable and the negligent party should be held responsible.
If Bayer is to blame for your injuries, they should compensate you for your losses. You should not have to pay for the medical bills, lost wages, projected medical costs or pain incurred by the negligence of a pharmaceutical giant.
Call us today at (800) 780-8607 for a free, no obligation consultation to talk about your potential case. All calls are confidential.
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