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Bayer sued by women in US, Canada over Mirena IUD

Dozens of Canadian women have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of the birth control device, the Mirena IUD, alleging they were never properly warned that the devices had been linked to rare but potentially serious side effects. The lawsuits mirror the same complaints made by numerous women in the United States. The Mirena IUD, manufactured by Bayer, is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix, where it delivers a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. It is designed to temporarily prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. While effective, ... Read More

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

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

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 cited for minimizing risks of Mirena IUD at promotion parties

When it comes to promoting a new drug or medical device, drug makers can get creative. But when they overstep the lines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) steps in to point out the error of their ways. Such is the case with drug maker Bayer. In 2009, the company partnered with the social media site Mom Central. The plan was to organize in-home events designed to promote the use of the company’s Mirena IUD. The small, flexible, T-shaped device is inserted into the cervix where it releases a small amount of hormone to prevent pregnancy as well as reduce ... Read More

Contraceptive counseling increases use of IUDs

Six years ago, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) began recommending long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, as first-line contraceptive methods for most women. The organization’s reasoning is that IUDs and implants are far more effective at preventing pregnancy compared to birth control pills – less than one percent with IUDs and implants versus nine percent with the pill. A new study shows that ACOG’s efforts have worked, with pregnancy rates dropping from 15 percent to 8 percent in just over a year. For the study, researchers randomly selected health care workers at 40 ... Read More

Women sues Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

A Massachusetts woman is suing Bayer AG claiming the company’s Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) moved within her body resulting in an unintended pregnancy, and caused her to undergo painful surgeries. The Mirena IUD is a T-shaped device that is implanted in the cervix to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Plaintiff Jessica Fountaine alleges she had a Mirena IUD implanted in 2009, but a year later she became pregnant. She had an abortion during which the doctor did not see the device and believed it had fallen out. In 2011, Fountaine had a second Mirena IUD implanted, but after suffering ... Read More