Mirena Lawsuit Plaintiffs Seek Compensatory and Punitive Damages for Uterine Perforations, Ectopic Pregnancy, and Other Personal Injuries Caused by the IUD, the Oliver Law Group Reports
More than 1,800 Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals on behalf of women who allegedly suffered uterine perforations, ectopic pregnancy and other personal injuries due to the IUD, The Oliver Law Group reports. According to a Stockholder Newsletter issued by the Company on April 24, 2014, some 1,810 such claims are now pending in U.S. courts, and more filings are expected. All of the lawsuits seek compensatory and punitive damages for the Mirena complications allegedly sustained by plaintiffs.
(stockholders-newsletter-q1-2014.bayer.com/en/explanatory-notes.aspx#legalrisks, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, April 24, 2014)
Two Mirena Consolidated Litigations
Court documents indicate that the majority of Mirena lawsuits have been filed in one of two consolidated litigations, including a federal proceeding underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434) A second Mirena litigation has been established in New Jersey Superior Court in Bergen County. (In Re: Mirena Litigation; Case No. 297) The first trials in those proceedings are not expected to begin until the latter half of 2015.
According to court records, plaintiffs in these claims allege that their Mirena complications were the result of spontaneous IUD migration, which occurs when the contraceptive device moves from its proper position in the uterus long after implantation. Among other things, they claim that Bayer’s warnings regarding device migration are inadequate, and only apply to migration that may occur when the Mirena IUD is initially inserted.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits Allege That Spontaneous Migration Can Have Severe Side Effects
According to the Mirena lawsuits, the IUD was introduced to the U.S. market in 2000, and touted as the perfect method of birth control for “busy moms.” The small, t-shaped, flexible plastic device is a long-acting method of birth control that is implanted into a woman’s uterus, where it releases levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone, for up to five years. The lawsuits allege that spontaneous migration of the Mirena IUD can result in a number of serious personal injuries, including:
- Uterine perforations
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Embedment of uterine wall
- Cervical perforations
Perforation and damage to other organs if the Mirena IUD punctures the uterine wall.
In some cases, alleged victims of these Mirena complications have had to undergo multiple surgical procedures to locate and remove the IUD, and repair associated damage. The lawsuits further allege that the injuries caused by Mirena have the potential to permanently damage a woman’s health and well-being.
Finally, plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits accuse Bayer of overstating the benefits of the IUD and downplaying its risks. Among other things, they point to a 2009 warning letter the company received from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that reached similar conclusions about one of Bayer’s Mirena promotional campaigns.
(fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/EnforcementActivitiesbyFDA/WarningLettersandNoticeofViolationLetterstoPharmaceuticalCompanies/UCM197229.pdf, FDA, December 2009)
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