A Louisiana woman is suing Bayer Healthcare alleging its contraceptive Mirena IUD caused her serious and permanent injuries.
Kasinda Carpenter filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Bayer Healthcare and its related companies alleging the injuries she suffered from the Mirena IUD violated the Louisiana Products Liability Act.
Carpenter claims she was implanted with the Mirena IUD in July 2014, but the device migrated from her cervix to her ovary. She was admitted to Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital on Aug. 26, 2014, during which the IUD was surgically removed. She claims she has suffered permanent damage from the device.
The Mirena IUD is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix where it releases a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. It is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual flows. The device has been linked to serious and potentially life threatening complications that include migration of the device, expulsion, ectopic pregnancy, perforation of organs and embedment in organs and tissue. Some women have had to undergo surgery to remove the device, in some cases resulting in hysterectomies.
Carpenter’s lawsuit is one of hundreds filed against Bayer over claims the drug company failed to warn about Mirena side effects. Carpenter’s lawsuit is seeking compensation for damages, court costs, and other relief deemed appropriate by the court.
Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injury in women who are using or have used the Mirena IUD.
Source: Louisiana Record