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After Three Failed Attempts, retrievable IVC Filter Could Not be Removed

When Jesse K. was in a car accident, Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, implanted an Option ELITE Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Dec. 7, 2015, even though he did not have a blood clot. An IVC filter is a device that resembles a spider, inserted into the largest vein in the body, the vena cava. It is designed to catch blood clots before they enter the heart or lungs causing pulmonary embolism. Some IVC filters are designed to stay in the body permanently and others are made to be temporary, or retrievable. Retrievable IVC filters are recommended by the U.S. Food and ... Read More

Alabama man files lawsuit alleging injuries linked to retrievable IVC filter

When Billy J. S., an Alabama resident, was found to be at serious risk for a blood clot in January 2007, he was implanted with a Recovery inferior vena cava (IVC) filter at a local hospital in the state. The filter is a small, cage-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. Billy didn’t know that the Recovery filter had been pulled from the market two years earlier due to reported injuries and deaths linked to the device. No recall or safety warnings were issued. Doctors and patients remained unaware ... Read More

Alabama Man Files IVC Filter Lawsuit Against C.R. Bard

Kyler K., an Alabama resident, has joined more than 1,400 others in a lawsuit against C.R. Bard for problems allegedly tied to the company’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which his lawsuit says failed. Kyler was implanted with a Meridian IVC filter on April 23, 2013. This model is a fifth generation temporary design that was approved for sale in 2011. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that temporary, or retrievable, IVC filters be removed between 29 and 54 days.. However, in many cases, if the filter has migrated or perforated the vein, the device is rendered impossible to retrieve. The risk of injury ... Read More

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

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

Lawsuits allege Mirena IUD caused brain damage

“I was one of the lucky ones,” writes “Proud Mama Fighting Back,” who describes herself as a “post Mirena survivor,” and chronicles her “Mirena nightmare” on her blogspot site, MyLifeAfterMirena. She says she was lucky because after having the Mirena intrauterine device inserted, she lost most of her vision in her right eye after two months. “I went from great vision to legally blind in that eye virtually overnight,” she writes. That’s when the blogger learned about a connection between the Mirena IUD and pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a type of brain damage in which too ... 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

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

Researchers credit increase in IUD use for a decrease in abortions

An increase in the number of women using intrauterine devices, or IUDs, for birth control may be credited for a drop in the number of abortions, a new study reports. The rate of abortions has dropped steadily in the past 20 years from about 19.4 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 1991 to a rate of 16.9 percent per 1,000 women, and there was a 13 percent drop since 2008. Lawmakers may boast state laws restrict abortion but researchers with Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health research organization, say there is “no evidence” to support that assumption. After all, most ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More