Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) that was developed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Mirena was approved for use as a contraceptive in 2000 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This device, though a highly innovative form of birth control, has caused many life-threatening complications for users including device migration, uterine perforation, ectopic pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Since 2004, according to the FDA, there has been a reported 47,000 users suffering from adverse effects of using the device which has led to numerous Mirena lawsuits. Approximately 8.5 percent of women in the United States use some form of reversible contraception. While the Mirena IUD helps many women effectively prevent pregnancy, it has been proven to have serious side effects and victims are seeking compensation and justice from the pharmaceutical company.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed and victims have received compensation for their injuries. There are currently thirty Mirena lawsuits underway. Most frequently, users allege that the pharmaceutical company failed to warn them of the potential dangers of the device. They also claim that the company was aware of design flaws that led the device to malfunction yet continued to produce and distribute faulty medical devices. While there have been thousands of lawsuits across the nation, there has been 180 in New Jersey alone and there are over 120 cases currently pending in the federal multidistrict litigation.
Device Migration Case
Miriam Cruz filed her Mirena lawsuit when the device she had implanted in 2008 caused her severe pain years after implementation. Bayer claimed that the only way Mirena would migrate would be if the doctor made a mistake during placement. However, since Cruz did not suffer until several years after placement, it is evident that the device did in fact migrate. In her Mirena lawsuit, Cruz claimed that the company did not properly inform her of such risks and that the product was not properly represented when she chose to use it.
Spontaneous Migration Case
A 24 year old women suffered permanent injuries after using this IUD. As her only option for removal, this woman was required to have the device surgically removed however the surgery was unsuccessful since it had migrated into her abdominal cavity. Second surgery was required to remove the device from her abdomen. In her Mirena lawsuit settlement, she is demanding compensation for time, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Migration through Fallopian Tubes
Melody Williams filed a Mirena lawsuit claiming that Bayer Pharmaceuticals was guilty of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and failure to warn patients of dangerous side effects. Williams started experiencing severe abdominal pain and cramping within a year of her implantation. Her device was found to have migrated through her right fallopian tube and required surgery to have it removed. Her first attempt to remove the device was not successful which resulted in an infection and further surgical procedures.