Many women filing a lawsuit against Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, have cited a number of severe health concerns arising from usage of the device. Approved in 2000 by the FDA, Mirena has generated more than 60,000 reports of adverse events, including uterine perforation. Some of these effects go unnoticed until they result in life-threatening infections or internal bleeding. Also complicating the situation is Bayer’s improper marketing of the device and attempts to downplay the risks associated with the IUD. The FDA issued a warning letter to Bayer in 2009 chastising the company for its misleading marketing tactics. Many doctors have echoed victims’ concerns with the device, stating that the IUD’s labeling is inadequate for safe administration.
There are a number of health complications associated with the device, including vaginal hemorrhage, uterine perforation and device migration. The IUD is particularly dangerous when migrating in the body because it can become lodged elsewhere. This is exactly what happened to a 24-year-old victim who pursued a claim against Bayer. The IUD had migrated into her abdominal cavity, requiring surgical intervention to remove it. Melody Williams, another victim, also suffered from a migrating IUD and filed a claim in California. Doctors discovered that the device had traveled out through one of her fallopian tubes, causing excruciating pain and abdominal cramping. Surgery was required to remove it.
Most of the plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against Mirena and Bayer have cited several acts of negligence by the company. They assert that Bayer misled victims about the spectrum of benefits the device offered. Initial advertising surrounding the product suggested that the device could improve sexual energy or performance, both of which are untrue. Victims also claim Bayer understated the risks associated with the device, particularly those associated with migration of the IUD. Doctors and patients both were told that the more severe side effects were uncommon, though this no longer appears to be the case. Victims allege that Bayer sold the product knowing that medical risks were greater than those advertised, and that it breached implied warranty as a result. Finally, victims assert that the company created a defective product that should never have been submitted for approval.
Hundreds of claims have been filed around the country, and legal professionals are ready to speak to women who have suffered from using the IUD. Any lawsuit filed against Mirena and Bayer is best represented by a lawyer with experience in drug injuries. The litigation process can be extended and tedious when dealing with large pharmaceutical companies like Bayer. An attorney knowledgeable in the field can expedite the process and ensure that a victim gets the compensation they deserve.