Women using the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control and/or to curb heavy menstrual bleeding should be aware that the devices have been linked to serious injuries. Not only has the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seen an increase in complaints related to the devices, recent court records show the number of lawsuits alleging injuries due to perforation have risen 17 percent, according to DrugNews, a resource center.
DrugNews gives people who use popular prescription drugs or medical devices access to the latest safety alerts, recalls, studies, and legal news. The site recently added a study from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons that warns the Mirena IUD can migrate from its proper location and perforate the uterine wall after implantation.
FDA MedWatch Adverse Event records reveal the agency has received more than 70,000 reports of complications associated with the device. About 6,000 of the complaints involve device dislocation or perforation. The latest court records also show that the number of lawsuits against the maker – Bayer – has jumped from 105 on July 10 to 123 on August 15.
Women who have experienced problems after receiving the Mirena IUD are encouraged to seek legal consultation. Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of side effects such as device migration and uterine perforation in women who have received the Merina IUD.
Source: Digital Journal