More than 70,000 complaints have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2000 regarding the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), a Scripps investigation reveals. Many of the reports involve serious complications including device dislocation and perforations. Some complications required hospitalizations and/or surgical procedures.
The Mirena IUD, made by Bayer Healthcare, is a flexible, T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix. It releases a steady dose of the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual cycles in women who use IUDs for contraception. It is one of two IUDs approved in the United States.
Since the device was approved more than a decade ago, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer alleging the company failed to warn women and their doctors that the device could cause serious injuries. One plaintiff says her Mirena IUD perforated through her uterine wall and ended up in her abdomen. Another plaintiff’s IUD migrated from where it was placed and ended up lacerating her liver. Another one had an appendectomy, hysterectomy and stomach tissue removed after her IUD became embedded in her uterus. Another claims her IUD migrated into her ribcage. Surgeons had to break open her sternum in order to remove the device.
Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injury caused by the Mirena IUD, including migration or dislocation of the device, perforation through the uterine wall, lacerations or embedment in organs, and other serious injuries.
Source: KY Post