Pharmaceutical

Women sue Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

mirena IUD 435x290 Women sue Bayer over Mirena IUD side effectsA Pennsylvania woman is has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Bayer alleging its contraceptive device, the Mirena IUD, is defective and caused her permanent injuries.

Robin Fetterolf filed her lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and its related companies, claiming that she had the Mirena IUD inserted on May 14, 2012. Five months later, on Oct. 24, 2012, Fetteroff was admitted to Delaware County Memorial Hospital complaining of intense headaches, nausea and vomiting. She was treated, underwent a CT scan, and released. Three weeks later, she was admitted to another hospital where she had the IUD removed.

The Mirena IUD, made by Bayer, 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 bleeding.

Since the contraceptive device was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, it has been linked to thousands of side effects, including heavy bleeding and abdominal pain, as well as ectopic pregnancy and expulsion. The Mirena IUD can also migrate from its intended position in the cervix and puncture organs, causing serious organ and tissue damage. In some cases, surgery is needed to remove the device, often resulting in hysterectomy.

Thousands of women, like Fetterolf, have filed Mirena lawsuits alleging the Mirena IUD is dangerous and defectively designed, and that Bayer did not adequately warn women of Mirena side effects.

Source: Pennsylvania Record