Mirena Birth Control Multi-District Litigation

Mirena Birth Control Multi-District Litigation

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 5-Apr-2013

Mirena IUD is a hormonal contraceptive manufactured by Bayer. Bayer is accused of allegedly failing to give adequate warning that the IUD device could perforate a woman's uterus and migrate into other parts of the body.

The plaintiffs in the Mirena cases allege Bayer sold Mirena with knowledge of its defective and dangerous side effects, while marketing it to women as an advantageous no-hassle method of birth control. Furthermore, Bayer is accused of failing to use reasonable care in designing the Mirena IUD, and failing to thoroughly test Mirena prior to putting it on the market.

With the cases against Bayer, multiplying, Bayer and the plaintiffs in the cases joined together in an effort to convince the Superior Court of New Jersey to centralize dozens of Mirena lawsuits into MDL (Multi District Litigation) cases.

If granted, the request to consolidate the Mirena cases, the question then becomes; where and when the cases should be tried. Bayer wants Judge Grant to send the centralized case to Middlesex County, N.J., and assign it to Superior Court Judge Jessica Mayer, while the plaintiffs argue the cases be managed in Bergen County, N.J., and overseen by Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti.

Side Effects of Mirena may include:

  • PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) – A serious pelvic infection, which if left untreated, may or may not require surgery and in rare cases may even cause death.
  • Embedment – Mirena may become attached to the uterine wall. Sometimes surgery is required to remove it.
  • Perforation – If Mirena goes through the uterus, the uterus becomes perforated. In this case, Mirena may no longer be preventing pregnancy causing internal scarring, infection, or damage to other organs, and may result in the need for surgery to have it removed.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy – Half the women who become pregnant while using Mirena have ectopic pregnancies (tubal pregnancies).
  • Irregular Bleeding – Mirena can cause frequent menstruation
  • Amenorrhea – Mirena can cause the absence of a menstrual period in women of reproductive age.
  • Expulsion – Mirena may partially or completely slip out of the uterus.
  • Ovarian Cysts – Women of fertile age have a higher risk of developing ovarian cysts while taking Mirena.
  • Breast Cancer – Women using Mirena have a higher risk of breast cancer since breast cancer is a hormone sensitive tumor.

What is Mirena?

Mirena is a form of birth control called an IUS (Intrauterine Contraceptive System). An IUS and an IUD (Intrauterine Device) are very similar devices, the difference being that an IUS releases low amounts of a progestin called “levonorgestrel” continuously into the uterus, an IUD does not. Both IUD’s and IUS’s are “T” shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus to help prevent pregnancy. The word “Intrauterine” simply means “inside the womb.”

Injured By Mirena? Contact The Maher Law Firm.

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury or death due to a defective or dangerous pharmaceutical, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries. The Maher Law Firm would like to help. We invite you to contact our trial-tested attorneys today.

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