A Pennsylvania woman is suing Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals because she became pregnant while using the company’s Mirena IUD birth control. She claims the implantable contraceptive device migrated from the cervix where it was implanted, and thus, failed to prevent contraception.
Rebecca Syx filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, claiming Bayer was negligent by manufacturing and marketing a defective device.
According to the complaint, Rebecca was implanted with the Mirena intrauterine device, or IUD, in the spring of 2011. She went for a follow-up visit in mid-June, during which the doctor confirmed the IUD was in its proper location.
However, a month later Rebecca had another exam by her doctor, who discovered she was pregnant. He conducted an ultrasound, during which he could not locate the Mirena IUD. During a second ultrasound, her doctor discovered that the device had migrated to the vescio-uterine wall just posterior to the bladder and anterior to the uterus. The plaintiff was told that the IUD would be removed after the baby was delivered.
Rebecca isn’t the only woman to file a lawsuit against Bayer, claiming the company’s device is defective and that it failed to warn women or their doctors of the possible risks associated with the device.
Rebecca’s lawsuit claims that Bayer concealed the dangers and health risks and made misrepresentations as to the safety and efficacy of the device, yet the company continued to sell and market it with full knowledge of the health risks associated with it.
Source: Pennsylvania Record