Mirena IUD Linked to Side Effects and Brain Injury Lawsuits
In today’s society, birth control is an essential part of a woman’s life who chooses to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and fortunately for women today, there are a number of safe and effective birth control options on the market and that are readily available. Unfortunately, the thousands of women that made the decision to use the Mirena IUD, did not find a safe and effective birth control device. Lawsuits across the nation are beginning to show up as many women that have used the Mirena IUD have reported severe and debilitating injuries, such as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), uterine perforation, IUD mitigation, infertility and brain injuries, all due to complications with the Mirena IUD.
What is the Mirena IUD?
Manufactured and marketed by Bayer Healthcare Pharamacudicles Inc., the Mirena IUD (intrauterine device) is a long-acting, hormone releasing form of birth control and is also marketed for treating heavy periods in women that choose to use birth control.
Bayer Healthcare introduced Mirena and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the device in the year 2000. The small t-shaped Mirena IUD device is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a trained healthcare provider. The device slowly releases the synthetic progesterone levonorgestrel, a third-generation synthetic progestin that aims to prevent pregnancy in one or more of the following ways:
- Hindering a woman’s ovary from releasing an egg
- Interfering with the egg and sperm connection
- By thinning the lining of the woman’s uterus
According to prescribing instructions, the device is only recommended for women that have had at least one child, and the device may be left in the uterus for up to 5 years and should be removed after that.
The Mirena IUD is not the first IUD on the market that has allegedly caused harm to its users. The Dalkon Shield IUD caused severe injury to a large percentage of its users as well. The FDA has reportedly reviewed more than 70,000 reports of complications from women who have had the Mirena IUD implanted in their bodies. After suffering from tremendous pain and injury from the Mirena IUD device, thousands of these women are filing Mirena IUD lawsuits.
Complications Experienced as a Result of the Mirena IUD
- Pseudotumor Ceberi (PTC) or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) leading to vision impairments and brain injuries
- Uterine perforation and embedment causing scarring, infection, and organ damage
- IUD mitigation outside the uterus leading to intestinal perforations, obstructions, and adhesions
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Complete or partial expulsion after insertion
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Ovarian Cysts
Mirena IUD Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Claims
Jones Brown is currently investigating a number of claims by women regarding Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) complications resulting from the Mirena IUD.
What is PTC?
Pseudotumor Ceberi (PTC), also known as Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), is a disorder of elevated spinal fluid pressure in the brain. It often mimics a brain tumor but instead arises spontaneously in the skull with no cause. For many women who suffer this condition face tremendous injuries, such as irreversible brain damage, blurred and lost vision due to optic nerve damage, recurring migraines, and tinnitus. Treatment of these injuries often results in painful and costly neurological procedures to relieve the pressure in the brain.
In the Mirena IUD prescribing information you will find a warning that women with migraines, vision loss or such symptoms should use this product with caution, but you will not find any mention or warning about the risk of PTC/IIH.
As a result of Bayer’s alleged concealment, more than 100 federal Mirena lawsuits have been filed and consolidated (MDL No. 2767) in the District of New York for pretrial handling. This means that cases from across the nation have similar claims about Mirena and will be reviewed as a group.
The Claims Allege that Bayer:
- Failed to provide adequate warnings about Mirena’s serious side effects and complications
- Engaged in false and misleading marketing
- Knowingly sold a defective product
- Failed to issue a recall once information about complications become known
Despite the high number of injury reports, known risks, and ensuing lawsuits, the Mirena IUD device continues to be irresponsibly marketed as a safe, easy-to-use, reversible form of birth control.
Bayer invaded social media to market Mirena when it was first introduced to the market. “Mirena Parties” were a part of this social media campaign. A busy mom would invite her friends over for a house party or to a restaurant where a representative of the Mom Central community and a nurse practitioner would host. The company even provided these women with a script that included taglines such as, “look and feel great,” and “reconnect with ourselves and partners.”
The U.S. FDA took exception with these statements and issued Bayer a warning letter in December of 2009. The FDA said that Bayer,
“overstates the efficacy of Mirena, presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and included false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena.”
Bayer stopped the parties in 2009 but that was too late for women who already had the risky Mirena IUD implanted based on the companies hollow promises. Since the risks of Mirena were downplayed, many women who are now symptomatic may have no idea that their debilitating complications are linked to their Mirena IUD.
Contact Jones Brown PLLC
If you or a loved one used the Mirena IUD device and experienced Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC), find out today if you are eligible to take action against the company responsible for your pain and injuries. Jones Brown LLC has successfully represented many people just like yourself who have suffered tremendously at the hands of a negligent cooperation.
If Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. is to blame for your injuries, they should compensate you for your losses. You should not be responsible for medical bills, lost wages, projected medical costs or pain incurred by the negligence of a pharmaceutical titan.
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