Jennifer Martin was shocked when she learned in September 2012 that she was pregnant. Two months earlier she had gotten a Mirena IUD contraceptive device. An ultrasound confirmed the pregnancy but did not offer any clues as to where the IUD had gone.
It was a perplexing mystery, and one that had to be resolved. Shortly after, Jennifer had a miscarriage. A month later, her doctor performed surgery to conduct an extensive search for the IUD among her internal organs, including the liver, spleen and stomach. The intrauterine device was eventually found in her rectum.
Bayer Healthcare faces more than 1,500 lawsuits alleging its Mirena IUD can migrate after insertion requiring surgery to remove the device. In some cases, the device has punctured organs as it wormed its way into the abdomen. Lawsuits allege they were not adequately warned by Bayer that the device could perforate the uterus, migrate, and cause pelvic pain, bleeding, miscarriages and infertility.
In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Bayer in writing to stop disseminating misleading advertising about its Mirena IUD and that its ads downplayed risks and made unsubstantiated promises including that Mirena would improve a woman’s sex life.
Jennifer’s lawsuit is filed in Federal Court. She seeks punitive damages for defective marketing, defective design, failure to warn, negligence, strict liability and other claims.
Source: Courthouse News Service