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Serious injuries associated with Mirena IUD

Women who are using the intrauterine device Mirena should be aware that the IUD could spontaneously migrate after it is inserted, and may cause serious injury, The Safety Report warns. The Mirena IUD is a birth control device that is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. It is a small, T-shaped device made of flexible plastic that is inserted into the uterine cavity by a trained health care provider. The IUD releases the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. Since the Mirena IUD was approved in 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports of adverse events ... Read More

High doses of NSAIDs put users at risk of heart attacks, strokes

Millions of people take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat mild to moderate pain, but new research shows the medication may put users at risk for heart attacks and strokes. NSAIDs are in a class of painkillers that includes the medications aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. They are sold over-the-counter in both generic version and brand names such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Prescription NSAIDs are also available. The most common side effects associated with the drugs includes stomach upset and ulcers. They may also interfere with kidney function. The new study showed that high doses of these drugs taken regularly can increase ... Read More

Endo pays $54.5 million to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits

Endo Pharmaceuticals, a unit of American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits alleging the company’s transvaginal mesh device caused serious injury. AMS estimated its liability from current and future transvaginal mesh lawsuits to be at least $160 million. It did not say how many of the lawsuits would be resolved by the settlement, and the company refused to admit liability or fault. Several companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh are facing lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging the devices caused serious injuries or death. Transvaginal mesh is a ... Read More

Labor-inducing drug can reduce pain with IUD insertion

Vaginal administration of a misoprostol tablet four hours before IUD insertion reduces the difficulty and pain associated with IUD insertion in women who have never been pregnant, according to a new study. Misoprostol is a medicine that softens and dilates the cervix, causes uterine contractions and, in pregnant women, induces labor. It is used to treat gastric ulcers caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, to treat missed miscarriage, to induce labor and induce abortion. The study ranged from 2009 to 2011 and involved 179 women who had never been pregnant. Women were randomly given misoprostol or placebo vaginally four hours prior ... Read More

Woman recounts nightmare experience with Mirena IUD

It was difficult to see the “cons” with the Mirena IUD, writes Bianca Wordley in The Border Mail. “The small t-shaped IUD works when the hormone levonorgestrel is released, making the mucus in the cervix thicker so that sperm can’t get into the womb. It’s inserted by your doctor, isn’t expensive, requires no upkeep and, in many cases, means you won’t have a period for its recommended duration of five years. Sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? For many it is,” she writes. “In my case, however, it was a dreadful mistake.” Within the first three months after she had the device inserted, ... Read More

Cook Medical vaginal mesh products may be added to multidistrict litigation

Claims against Cook Medical, Inc. and its vaginal mesh products may soon join lawsuits consolidated in the Southern District of West Virginia. The cases currently involve transvaginal mesh devices made by companies including Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), and C.R. Bard. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is implanted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed, causing symptoms such as pain, discomfort, incontinence, and painful sexual intercourse. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ... Read More

Judge upholds $8.3-million verdict against DePuy in first ASR hip implant trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld an $8.3-million verdict in favor of plaintiff Loren “Bill” Kransky, the first plaintiff to have his case tried against DePuy Orthopedics over its faulty ASR hip implants. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson asked Judge J. Stephen Czuleger to overturn the jury’s March decision awarding Mr. Kransky, a retired South Dakota prison guard, $8.3 million for severe and extensive injuries that he alleged stemmed from a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Judge Czuleger said that sufficient evidence had been demonstrated that DePuy’s ASR hips were defectively designed. Mr. Kransky, 66, had ... Read More

Woman’s pain, itching, migraines traced to defective metal hip implant

For two years, Paula Spurlock suffered from unexplained pain, itching and migraines and no doctor could seem to find the source. It wasn’t until she underwent a PET scan that it was discovered that the all-metal hip replacement system she received in 2008 was corroding inside her body. Further studies showed that the metal-on-metal device was leeching metal ions into her bloodstream, causing a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis and triggering her unpleasant symptoms. Traditional artificial hips are made with ceramic or plastic parts. The newer, all-metal hip implants were designed so that they could last longer and ... Read More

Defective all-metal hip implants can poison blood of recipients

Dean Donovan’s artificial hip seemed to work just fine. The 45-year-old New Zealander had surgery six years ago to treat pain and disability. In recent years he had heard concerns about metal-on-metal hip implants, like his made by Durom. The devices were prone to failing prematurely and in some cases leeching metal ions into the blood. Patients with this type of blood poisoning reported symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. Doctors say the long-term effects are unknown but researchers say the metal debris could damage DNA and lead to serious health problems, including cancer. A few months ago, Donovan received ... Read More

Women file lawsuits against makers of transvaginal mesh

Lori Eggenberg thought the surgery she was having to correct urinary incontinence was the newest, most advanced, minimally invasive procedure available. Her doctor used transvaginal mesh to lift up her bladder. It turned out to be her worst nightmare. Lori’s bladder sling, as the mesh is sometimes called, embedded in the tissue causing severe pain. Travaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that in recent years has been used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped due ... Read More