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FDA approves Bayer Inserter for Skyla, Mirena IUDs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new inserter device by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals designed to aid in the insertion of the company’s own intrauterine devices, the Mirena IUD and Skyla IUD. Both the Mirena and Skyla IUDs are flexible, T-shaped devices that are inserted into the cervix where they release the hormone levonorgestrel. Skyla prevents pregnancy for up to thee years, while Mirena is considered effective for up to five years. Mirena is also indicated to treat heavy bleeding in women who choose to use an IUD as their method of contraception. Mirena is designed for women ... Read More

Cases against Mirena IUD move toward class-action lawsuit

Months after having the Mirena IUD inserted in her cervix to prevent pregnancy, K. demanded her doctor remove the contraceptive device. It was the only thing she could think of that could be causing her hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, moodiness, and pain during sexual intercourse. She had gotten the intrauterine device six months after delivering her son, but since getting it nothing seemed right. When her doctor went to remove the IUD, he couldn’t find it. K.’s Mirena IUD had dislodged from its intended place in her cervix, perforated her uterus, and migrated into her abdomen, eventually embedding in ... Read More

New products, studies could make intrauterine birth control devices more popular

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are considered a highly effective contraceptive device and more convenient than a once-a-day birth control pill. New products and studies currently underway may make them even more popular in the years to come, according to RH Reality Check, a “Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice News, Analysis & Commentary” website. Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of an IUD could ring in at as much as $1,000 if it was not covered by a person’s health insurance. Now, all plans are required to cover contraceptive methods and related services without ... Read More

Merck offers $100 million to settle NuvaRing lawsuits

Plaintiff’s lawyers are meeting in Las Vegas this week to determine whether enough claimants opted in on a $100 million settlement offered by Merck & Co. for its contraceptive NuvaRing, which has been linked to life threatening blood clots. Under the agreement, 95 percent of the estimated 3,800 claimants must opt in. The average payment would be about $58,000, however each claim would be reviewed by attorneys using a formula that adds points based on injuries, and subtracts points for those who are smokers or who are underweight. Lawyers representing women who have filed NuvaRing lawsuits against Merck & Co. ... Read More

Woman files Mirena IUD injury lawsuit against Bayer

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 ... Read More

$100 million offered to plaintiffs in NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits

Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands lawsuits alleging the company’s contraceptive device NuvaRing caused life-threatening blood clots. The only caveat is that at least 95 percent of the eligible complainants must opt into the agreement otherwise no payouts will be made, a federal judge ruled. The deadline is March 10. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel called the settlement “a fair resolution of this litigation.” There are about 3,800 eligible participants in the settlement agreement, which includes more than 1,850 state and federal lawsuits as well as claims that have yet to be filed. NuvaRing is ... Read More

IUD, most effective birth control method, carries risks

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than birth control pills, the patch or vaginal rings, because the device virtually eliminates the risk of human error, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, women should be aware of the risks before deciding on a method of birth control. IUDs are devices that are implanted in the cervix during a doctor’s office visit. They are small T-shaped devices that use either copper or hormones to prevent fertilization. There are three devices approved for use in the United States, including the ... Read More

Device designed to make IUD implantation easier

Intrauterine devices, such as the Mirena IUD by Bayer Healthcare, are one of the most effective forms of birth control, but having them implanted can be painful. The process generally takes several minutes, during which a sharp, prong-like tool … is used to pierce the tissue of the cervix and clamp it and pull on it,” explains Ben Cappiello, chief scientific officer with Bioceptive. “It takes a lot of expertise to do it perfectly every time, and in a lot of places the IUD isn’t offered because people don’t know how to insert it,” he told WSJ. Inexperienced practitioners also ... Read More

NuvaRing makers covered up blood clot risks with contraceptive device

Early one morning in June 2008, Lyndsey Agresta, then 27, called her mother and asked for help. She had an unbearable headache and asked her mother to drive her to the emergency room and look after her 5-year-old son. That was when “everything changed,” her mother, Diane Agresta recalls. Doctors discovered bleeding on her brain caused by a blood clot. It was an unusual diagnosis for a young woman, and doctors suspected her NuvaRing contraceptive device likely contributed to the blood clot. Doctors surgically removed two-thirds of Lyndsey’s right cerebral hemisphere, which left her paralyzed and in need of round-the-clock ... Read More

Woman injured by Mirena IUD files lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare

A Pennsylvania woman has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals claiming that the company’s Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) caused her serious injuries. In 2010, the then-29-year-old woman was implanted with the Mirena IUD to prevent pregnancy. Shortly after the procedure, she began suffering from severe abdominal discomfort, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, severe mood swings and overall feelings of fever and sickness. She had no reason to believe there was a problem with her IUD until she received a positive pregnancy test. She went to the doctor to have the device removed. At the time, the doctor couldn’t locate the device and ... Read More