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Lawsuit against Bayer claims Mirena IUD migrated to rectum

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 ... Read More

Mirena IUD linked to increased breast cancer risk in premenopausal women

Premenopausal women who use a hormone-releasing intrauterine device, such as the Mirena IUD, are at greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study recently published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. There are three IUDs marketed in the United States – the ParaGard, Mirena and Skyla. Only Mirena and Skyla, which are both made by Bayer Healthcare, contain a small amount of the levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of the hormone progestin. IUDs are used to prevent pregnancy, but levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs can reduce heavy bleeding and are often given to women to help treat heavy periods, a condition known ... Read More

Lawsuits against Bayer alleging neurological side effects from Mirena IUD will not be centralized

Nine lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals alleging the company’s Mirena IUD caused neurological conditions will not be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation because there are just too few to justify the motion. Plaintiffs had asked that the lawsuits be centralized in Tennessee; Bayer opposed centralization or to have them consolidated in New York. Bayer already faces multidistrict litigation with its Mirena intrauterine device over uterine perforation, a different injury. These nine lawsuits claim that the Mirena IUD contraceptive device releases a synthetic hormone that can cause neurological problems, including a type of brain damage known as pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC) ... Read More

Hormonal contraceptives may increase risk of gestational diabetes

Women who use contraceptives that contain hormones before they become pregnant may be at greater risk for developing gestational diabetes once they do get pregnant, according to a new study. Researchers are quick to say more study is needed to confirm hormonal birth control products are a potential risk factor for gestational diabetes. But the study does raise questions about the safety of contraceptive hormone therapy. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women who have not been previously diagnosed with the disease. It is generally diagnosed in the second trimester and often controlled with a healthy diet ... Read More

Implantable birth control microchip to enter pre-clinical trials next year

A new implantable birth control device containing the hormone levonorgestral that lasts 16 years and can be turned off and on with a wireless remote is currently in development and will enter pre-clinical testing next year. The chip is designed to be implanted under the skin at the buttocks, upper arm, or abdomen, and if tests prove it to be safe and effective, the device could be on the market as early as 2018. The concept of a birth control chip originated two years ago when Bill Gates and his colleagues visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and asked technicians ... Read More

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

Thousands of women from Canada, US file Mirena IUD lawsuits

Canadian Jemila Shen suffered severe abdominal cramps a year after being implanted with the popular Mirena IUD contraceptive. But when she went to have the intrauterine device removed, it was nowhere to be found with an ultrasound. It wasn’t until she underwent surgery that doctors found her IUD. It had migrated toward her hip bone. Shen says she was never warned the device could move from its intended location in her cervix. “It sounds easy – you put it in for five years and forget about it,” she told CTV News. “But look what happened to me.” Shen has joined ... 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

Bayer files motion to dismiss some of its Mirena IUD lawsuits

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals is hoping to ditch some of the 450 lawsuits it faces over inadequate warnings for possible complications with its Mirena intrauterine device on the grounds that the cases have exceeded the statute of limitations. The Mirena IUD is a flexible, T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel asked attorneys on both sides of the issue to select a dozen cases to serve as an initial disposition pool with a goal of going to trial. The lawsuits allege that the Mirena IUD can migrate from ... 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