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Women injured by Mirena IUD not swayed by exclusion of expert testimony

Bayer Healthcare claims that women suing the company over injuries allegedly caused by its Mirena IUD cannot prove that the intrauterine device could puncture the uterine wall – even if properly inserted – since nearly all of their expert witnesses have been excluded. But the women argue they don’t need expert testimony to prove their case because Bayer has already admitted Mirena poses dangers to women. Bayer faces about 1,200 consolidated lawsuits alleging the pharmaceutical company failed to warn of Mirena side effects. The T-shpaed device is inserted into the cervix where it is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to ... Read More

Women sue Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

A 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 ... Read More

Woman sues Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

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 ... Read More

More women sue Bayer over alleged Essure birth control injuries

Three women are suing Bayer Healthcare claiming the company’s Essure permanent birth control device caused them persistent abdominal and pelvic pain and “unnatural menstrual cycles.” Essure was approved in 2002 and remains the only non-surgical, permanent birth control method on the market. The method involves two nickel alloy coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes where they are designed to prevent pregnancy by blocking the sperm’s access to the egg. The devices have been associated with tens of thousands of complaints including allergic reactions, autoimmune reactions, abdominal pain and unusual bleeding. The coils can also migrate and perforate the ... Read More

Health Canada investigates Essure birth control complaints

Just months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a black box warning be placed on the safety labels of the permanent birth control device Essure in response to thousands of complaints, Health Canada announced it would be conducting a safety review of the controversial contraceptive. Essure, made by Bayer Healthcare, is the only non-surgical permanent birth control method available in Canada or the U.S. It consists of two nickel alloy coils that are implanted in the fallopian tubes. The coils work with the body to form a scar tissue barrier that prevents the sperm from reaching the ... Read More

A few doctors offer Essure removal without hysterectomy

Personal Choice healthcare clinic in Raleigh, N.C., has seen a growing number of women in recent years request the removal of a contraceptive implant because of injuries they claim the device has caused them. Women say they have suffered a host of injuries – from pain and bleeding to allergic reactions and autoimmune disorders – after being implanted with the non-surgical birth control method Essure. The device can only be removed during a hysterectomy, but Dr. Charles Monteith with Personal Choice says he has performed at least 300 Essure-removal procedures without removing the entire uterus. And the number of women ... Read More

Woman blames son’s stillbirth on Mirena IUD

Abigail Lane blames Bayer Healthcare’s Mirena IUD for the stillborn death of her baby boy. Abigail was implanted with the Mirena IUD in 2009, and claims she was never informed that the device could become embedded in her uterus, fail to prevent pregnancy, cause infections, and put her at risk for miscarriage. “Had Abigail Lane known of the actual failure rate of Mirena in preventing pregnancy and the risks to an unborn child when Mirena fails to prevent intrauterine pregnancy and cannot be removed, Abigail Lane would not have consented to placement of Mirena IUD,” her lawsuit stated. In February ... Read More

Woman dies during Essure contraceptive implantation

In February, exactly one year before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started wrapping up its investigation into health risks with the permanent birth control device Essure, a doctor filed a report with the agency’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting database about a woman who died during Essure implantation. On the last day of February 2016, the FDA announced it would keep Essure on the market but proposed adding a black box warning – its strongest warning – on the device’s safety label as well as ordering Bayer Healthcare, manufacturer of the implant, to conduct long-term safety studies on women using ... Read More

Woman sues Bayer over injuries caused by Essure contraceptive

Marlee Scott delivered four children without an epidural to deaden the pain of childbirth. But after having the Essure permanent birth control device implanted last June, she experienced pain so severe she had to take prescription painkillers. The medication masked the pain, but it didn’t ease her other strange symptoms – “non-stop” menstrual bleeding, aching joints, bloating, and losing chunks of hair. Miserable and desperate, Marlee agreed to have a hysterectomy just three months later because she could no longer endure the suffering. She blames her suffering on Essure. “I didn’t want to get a hysterectomy at 26 or at ... Read More

Health Canada investigating safety concerns with Essure birth control device

Canada’s governing body over pharmaceuticals and medical devices is expected to announce in May its recommendations on whether to ban the Essure permanent birth control device or beef up safety warnings on the contraceptive’s safety label. Health Canada launched a safety review on Essure in November, just months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began its probe into safety concerns with the device. In February, the FDA fell short of pulling the device, recommending its strictest warning – a boxed warning – be placed on the birth control device. The agency also ordered Bayer Healthcare, maker of Essure, ... Read More