Mirena Lawsuits Continue to Rise

Bayer’s blockbuster birth control, the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) has caused women across the country to suffer severe injuries. Women continue to file lawsuits alleging Bayer failed to warn them of uterine perforation, migration, and embedment–injuries that frequently require surgery to remove the lost or embedded IUDs.
Mirena is a t-shaped plastic device that is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a healthcare doctor. Mirena releases a hormone called levonorgestrel at a rate of 20 micrograms per day to prevent pregnancy. It is intended to be a long-term form of birth control that can remain in a woman’s uterus for up to five years.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena in 2000 for contraception. In 2009, the FDA approved Mirena for an additional indication–heavy menstrual bleeding. Since it came on the market, Mirena is estimated to have been implanted in 2 million women in the U.S. and 15 million women worldwide.
Despite Mirena’s popularity, the lawsuits claim severe injuries. In particular, uterine perforation can result in the IUD moving and perforating other organs in the abdominal cavity, that can lead to infection or abscess. Most of the lawsuits claim Mirena had to be surgically removed.
In early 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed to consolidate Mirena lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under Judge Cathy Seibel for coordinated pretrial purposes. Similar to a class action, the Mirena MDL allows the cases to be consolidated under one judge to resolve all pretrial issues. The litigation continues to grow as more and more women file claims against Bayer.
In New Jersey, another consolidated litigation has formed under respected Judge Martinotti. Both consolidated litigations are seeing more lawsuits filed and have begun the preliminary stages. In New York, Judge Seibel has set a scheduling order in place that will allow the parties to gather information to support their allegations in the actions.
Many of the lawsuits claim that the device migrated, or moved, from its intended position and perforated the uterus, cervix or other internal organs. Women suffering from this type of complication typically undergo surgery to locate and remove the Mirena IUD.
Other lawsuits claim that Mirena became embedded in the uterus, also requiring surgery to remove the device. To read more about Mirena’s injuries, click here.
Jones Ward is investigating whether a severe brain condition, known as pseudotumor cerebri, is related to the hormone released by Mirena (levonorgestrel). Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) develops when cerebrospinal fluid in the brain is not released at the same time it accumulates, leading to increased pressure in the skull. It typically presents with blurred vision and severe, migraine-like headaches, as well as other symptoms that frequently manifest in patients with increased cranial pressure.
The dangerous device attorneys at Jones Ward are evaluating Mirena cases involving a variety of injuries. For more information, contact attorney A. Layne Stackhouse at layne@jonesward.com.