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Mirena poses risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved updates to the safety label for the intrauterine device Mirena to include new risks regarding pregnancy or suspected pregnancy. Mirena is a contraceptive device made by Bayer to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual cycles. Mirena is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix where it releases a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. The birth control has been linked to risks such as migration of the device, perforation of organs and tissue damage, a well as a ectopic pregnancy. The update states ... Read More

IUD migration may cause chest pain

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are inserted into the cervix, where they are intended to stay for a certain number of years to prevent pregnancy and, in some cases, heavy menstrual flow. But sometimes the device can migrate to other parts of the body, threatening tissue and organs and causing a variety of unexpected symptoms. That’s what happened to a 24-year-old woman who went to the emergency department because she was suffering from shortness of breath and severe chest pain on her left side and radiating to her left shoulder. Doctors ordered a chest X-ray that revealed that her IUD had ... Read More

FDA approves Bayer’s Kyleena IUD

Pharmaceutical company Bayer may be embroiled in lawsuits over its permanent birth control device Essure, but that isn’t keeping the company from pushing yet another contraceptive device. The company announced that it has just won Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Kyleena, an intrauterine device, or IUD, designed to prevent pregnancy in women for up to five years. The device is similar to Bayer’s currently marketed IUDs, including Mirena and Skyla. All three are T-shaped devices that release a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. Actavis Plc, now known as Allergan Plc., won approval for the hormonal IUD Liletta ... 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

Women who claim injuries from Mirena IUD say they don’t need expert testimony to prove their case

Most claims against Bayer over injuries allegedly caused by its Mirena IUD do not need expert witness testimony because, “for years, Bayer has admitted – everywhere but in the courtroom – that Mirena can perforate the uterus after being properly inserted,” women suing the pharmaceutical company said. Bayer is fighting to have numerous lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) tossed out of court on the grounds that most of the expert witnesses have been barred from testifying. Without that testimony, Bayer argues, the plaintiffs cannot establish causation. The drug company also claims that injuries known as secondary perforation can happen even ... Read More

Women’s Health Week should include reproductive health checkup

May 8-14 is National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and to better understand what steps they can take to improve their health. Recommended steps include getting active, eating healthy, paying attention to mental health, and avoiding unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or texting while driving. The department also recommends that all women see their doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit. For women of childbearing age, that visit should include a conversation with her ... 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

Mirena IUD problems more likely in postpartum women

Mirena IUDs implanted into postpartum women are more prone to migrate and perforate the uterus, according to a study published in Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR). The study focused on the case of a 28-year-old woman, Ms. R, who four weeks after having a baby requested the long-acting contraceptive intrauterine device Mirena “because she has heard ‘good things’ about it,” according to MPR. The woman had recently decided to abandon the idea of breast feeding and started taking the antidepressant Zoloft to ease symptoms of postpartum depression. The World Health Organization recommends IUD insertion no sooner than four weeks postpartum. However, ... Read More

Bayer faces thousands of lawsuits over its contraceptives

Pharmaceutical company Bayer has made millions providing women with birth control options. But those profits have come at a price to consumers. Bayer faces thousands of lawsuits from women who claim they have been injured by its contraceptives. Yaz and Yasmin – These popular birth control pills contain the hormones ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Yaz was first approved as a contraceptive in 2006 and, later, as a treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and acne. Not long after the drug hit the market, Yaz was linked to reports of blood clots, often leading to serious injuries including pulmonary embolism (blood clot ... Read More

Judge weighing statute of limitations ruling in litigation over Mirena IUD complications

A Kentucky woman suing Bayer Healthcare over injuries allegedly caused by the company’s Mirena IUD is asking the New York federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) not to throw out her lawsuit based exceeding the one-year statute of limitations for personal injuries in her state until the New Jersey Supreme Court rules on the same issue in an Accutane case. The New Jersey high court is currently weighing whether New Jersey law on statute of limitations or the law of a consumer’s state of residence should determine if a claim was filed on time. Amanda Vanhook’s attorneys argued that ... Read More