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Mirena Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Mirena IUD Lawsuit

The Mirena IUD is a long-term birth control placed inside a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. Dangerous side effects have been discovered that can lead to numerous health ailments, including pseudotumor and intracranial hypertension. Currently, we are accepting Mirena IUD cases. If you have been injured by this device, contact our lawyers for a free, confidential consultation.

  

What is Mirena?

Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) inserted into the uterus for long-term pregnancy prevention. It is a “T” shaped device a bit larger than a quarter. The device prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm before it reaches the uterus and fertilizes an egg. If used correctly, the chances of getting pregnant are less than 1%.

There are two types of IUDs. The first is copper based and does not release hormones. The second, a plastic device that releases a controlled dose of hormones called levonorgestrel, is the type of IUD that Mirena is classified under. The device, a long-term birth control, is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Mirena is one of the most common IUD’s in the United States.

In the United States, more than 2 million women have used Mirena since the device was introduced to the market in 2000. Since then, roughly 70,000 complaints have been made to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration about the dangerous side effects associated with the device.

Lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Mirena, by women across the country who allege that Bayer failed to adequately report the dangers associated with the device. The lawsuits not only state the dangers were both understated by the manufacturer and hidden from consumers, but also allege the devices were both defective and unreasonably dangerous.

 

Side Effects Associated with Mirena, Including Brain Injury

As with any prescription drug or medical device, side effects can occur. Unfortunately, many women have felt the repercussions of side effects not listed on the birth control’s label. These unmentioned adverse effects include:

  • Severe pressure buildup on the brain, known as Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) or pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) that can lead to vision loss damage to the optic nerve, migraines, tinnitus and can require surgery to correct.
  • Embedment – The device embeds itself on the uterus wall, known as uterine perforation, away from its position at the top of the uterine wall.
  • Expulsion – The device migrates away from the uterus.
  • Perforation – When inserting the device, perforation or obstruction can occur.
  • Required Hysterectomy.

Although there are many side effects associated with the device, the aforementioned are the most severe. It is important to see medical treatment if you are suffering from any adverse side effects caused by the Mirena IUD device.

 

If I’ve Suffered from Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension or Pseduotumor Cerebi, What are the Next Steps?

These sides effects are dangerous and will more than likely require meeting with both a neurologist, who will monitor the nervous system and spinal cord, and an opthlamologist, who will monitor potential eye problems. There are multiple solutions that could be used to treat the issue, including surgery, but the treatment will depend on each individual’s condition and level of severity.

 

Mirena IUD Lawsuit Timeline

  • April 2009 – The FDA warned Bayer Pharmaceuticals and the public about the device’s misleading efficacy citing the initial marketing’s failure to indicate the device should only be used for up to five years before replacing and the device was most recommended to women who had at least one child already.

Currently, there are three different consolidated class actions involving Mirena birth control.

 

Mirena IUD Lawsuit – Three Different Consolidated Cases 

MDL 2434: Mirena Migration, Perforation and Embedment

  • June 2013 – Cases were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of New York.
  • 2016 – The cases were dismissed “due to a lack of expert testimony proving secondary perforation.”
  • 2017 – In an unprecedented move, the cases have been revitalized. The decision is currently on appeal.

 

MDL 2767: Mirena Brain Injury Lawsuit 

  • April 2017 – Cases claiming Mirena cause pseudotumor cerebi (PTC) or Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of New York.

 

New Jersey MCL 297

  • 2013 – Due to the growing number of similar cases filed in New Jersey, the Supreme Court decided to consolidate both New Jersey and New York cases into a multicounty litigation.
  • June 2017 – Discovery was due at this time. Discovery is the investigative stage of the litigation where parties exchange documents and information and depositions are taken.

In time, we hope the Mirena IUD lawsuit will provide justice for those unjustly injured by the Mirena IUD medical devices. Bayer healthcare should be held accountable for their failure to properly disclose the dangers and risks associated with the devices.

 

About TorHoerman Law

Do I Pay to Join a Mirena IUD Lawsuit?

Our firm works on a contingency basis meaning you do not pay us until the case has been won. If we lose, no money will come out of your pocket. This ensures we work as hard as we possibly can for each of our clients.

What Kind of Experience Does Your Firm Have with a Mirena IUD Lawsuit?

At TorHoerman Law firm, we have a dedicated team of Mirena IUD lawyers who will be here to help you every step of the way. Our Firm is a nationwide products liability firm that wants to help those suffering from a personal injury due to dangerous medical devices, and by representing you, we will do so to the best of our ability.

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+ - References

Illinois-Chicago, University of. “Birth Control with Mirena, a Hormonal IUD.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 21 Dec. 2016, www.healthline.com/health/birth-control/mirena.

“Mirena Lawsuits.” ConsumerSafety.org, www.consumersafety.org/medical-devices/iud/mirena-lawsuit/.

“Mirena® (Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System) .” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2008/021225s019lbl.pdf.

Wews. “Thousands of Women Complain about Dangerous Complications from Mirena IUD Birth Control.” KSHB, Scripps TV Station Group, 18 June 2013, www.kshb.com/news/local-news/investigations/thousands-of-women-complain-about-dangerous-complications-from-mirena-iud-birth-control1371610411705.

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