Mirena Damages Internal Organs Lawsuits Claim
Many of the drugs and medical devices that are meant to help our lives have dangerous side effects. A raft of new lawsuits against a contraceptive device claims Mirena damages internal organs.
Bayer is facing a raft of lawsuits filed across America by women who say this IUD (intrauterine device) causes serious, dangerous, and life-threatening side effects.
Although most medical devices and drugs have some side effects, it is possible to sue a manufacturer if it downplays or conceals the risks on the device's packaging.
The women claim Bayer intentionally concealed and failed to warn consumers about these dangers.
Although this birth control is known to be linked to vomiting, breast tenderness and irregular menstrual periods, the women claim Mirena damages internal organs. Mirena is popular because the contraceptive device can remain fitted for up to six years.
Specifically, the lawsuits claim Mirena can migrate after it’s implanted and can tear the uterus or other internal organs.
Mirena is the subject of lawsuits
The IUDs themselves are small, plastic devices shaped like the letter T. They are inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy.
A few years ago, we warned of the dangers of Mirena in our Virginia dangerous medical devices blog.
We pointed out more than 2 million women are currently using the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD).
More than 70,000 complaints had been lodged with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Since 2008, 4,775 women reported “device dislocation.” By becoming embedded in the uterus the device can cause serious damage.
As well as concerns that Mirena damages internal organs, recent lawsuits have also alluded to a rare condition called pseudo tumor cerebri.
The condition causes the brain to swell. If it’s not treated, it can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve, and even lead to total blindness. Damage to the optic nerve can be avoided if the condition is caught in time.
Mirena IUD has been linked to other serious health issues like obstructions, intestinal perforations, adhesions, or abscesses, which can be caused by the migration of the IUD.
Mirena is also linked to infection serious enough to cause infertility and scarring.
Given the seriousness of many of these conditions that can prove fatal, it’s regrettable but not surprising that Bayer appears to have downplayed the risk on its labelling.
The big pharma companies routinely put profit before the welfare of people who use drugs and medical devices.
Mirena’s label merely warns women that uterine perforation is a risk during IUD-insertion. However, many of the lawsuits refer to post insertion damage, years or months after women were fitted with IUDs.
If you have suffered ill health because of this IUD, you should be aware of the mass tort lawsuits going on and talk to our Virginia dangerous medical devices team. See our website for more details about dangerous medical devices or contact us today.