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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

FDA warns of serious complications with IVC filters for blood clot treatment

Lawsuits against manufacturers of blood clot-catching devices known as IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are growing following recent warnings of life threatening complications from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava, the main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart, to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs or heart. They are implanted in patients who are not suitable candidates for blood thinners. There are two types of IVC filters – permanent ones for patients who require long-term ... Read More

Bayer can’t skirt liability, negligence claims involving Mirena IUD

A Kentucky federal judge refused to slash two of the three claims from two separate lawsuits alleging complications from the company’s Mirena intrauterine device. Bayer had requested the dismissal of strict liability, breach of implied warranty and negligent misrepresentation claims in two similar but separate lawsuits filed by Brittany S. Smith and Laruen Hardwick. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III dismissed the breach of implied warranty claims but said the strict liability and negligent misrepresentation were valid claims. Smith’s lawsuit was filed in December 2013, and Hardwick’s lawsuit was filed in January 2014. Both women claim they were implanted ... 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

Bayer faces mounting lawsuits over Mirena IUD side effects

K. had only recently gotten the Mirena IUD following the birth of her son. The contraceptive works for up to five years, but K. asked her doctor to remove it. She was becoming increasingly convinced that her Mirena IUD had caused her weight gain, fatigue, moodiness, and her hair to fall out in clumps. However, when her doctor tried to remove the device, it was nowhere to be found. She had to undergo surgery, where her doctors discovered the device had perforated her uterus and migrated into her abdomen, lodging in her omentum, the tissue that protects and connects the ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue three years after FDA warning

It has been three years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication warning the public that complications with transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence were not uncommon and could be chronic or life threatening. Since then, lawsuits against manufacturers of the devices have grown exponentially. Trasvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that is inserted through the vagina to support organs that have dropped due to age, childbirth, obesity or other conditions. The mesh is ... 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

Lawsuit filed against Bayer alleging injuries from Mirena IUD

Two and a half months after Tiffany Steele received a Mirena IUD, she learned that the contraceptive device had migrated from her cervix to her abdominal cavity, and she needed surgery to have it removed. Now Tiffany and her husband Robert want justice to be served. They have filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, makers of the Mirena IUD, alleging defective manufacturing, defective design, failure to warn, negligence, strict liability, breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent misrepresentation and fraud by concealment. Tiffany is not the only woman to suffer injuries from Bayer’s intrauterine device. ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer should be punished for mishandling documents related to lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon mishandled documents related to its transvaginal mesh devices and should be barred from seeking to throw out lawsuits or using some defense tactics, say attorneys for women who filed lawsuits against the companies. Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon makes the Gynecare Prolift implant, a transvaginal mesh device used to treat pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The devices are inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped for various reasons, usually from childbirth, obesity or age. The devices have been associated with serious complications including ... Read More