What is Mirena?
Mirena is a birth control device manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. It is a white flexible plastic “T” rod that is surgically implanted into the womb through the cervix. Over time, it releases levonorgestrel into the blood stream. According to the Bayer, Mirena should last approximately 5 years before it needs to be replaced.
Mirena Health Risks
There have been numerous reported instances where the Mirena device has migrated through a woman’s body. In some cases, women have required exploratory surgery to remove the device, after it traveled through the uterine wall, into the abdominal cavity. In the event of perforation, it may cause adhesions, peritonitis, intestinal perforations, intestine obstruction, abcesses and erosion of adjacent viscera. The FDA has received over 45,000 adverse event reports on Mirena.
Mirena Side Effects
The most common side effect from Mirena IUD is device expulsion, dislocation and vaginal hemorrhage (bleeding). In addition, Mirena may result in perforation of the uterine wall, resulting in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). In these instances, an emergency and exploratory surgery may be necessary to retrieve the device.
One of the claims against Bayer for the Mirena IUD is that it did not fully disclose adverse health risks to women and misleading marketing. In fact, in 2009, the FDA warned Bayer about its marketing Mirena.
In the numerous Mirena lawsuits filed against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, patients have claimed the drug is “defective and unreasonably dangerous” to women, and thereby a defective device. In the numerous cases filed against Bayer, numerous legal theories have been alleged, including negligence, product liability, breach of contract and breach of warranty.
If you have been harmed by Mirena, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, which may include:
- Past Medical Bills
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of Consortium
- Disfigurement from scarring in the event of surgery
- Lost wages
Our Mirena Lawyers
If you suffered migration of a Mirena device, our defective drug lawyers can help. Our Mirena lawyers handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that payment of any legal fees only happens if we are successful on your case and obtain a favorable settlement or verdict in your favor. Our medical lawyers are available for a free consultation, either by calling 800-MED-LAWS or by filling out our online chat form.