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
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