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Our team of attorneys are now investigating claims and prepared to file Mirena lawsuitsinvolving the intrauterine contraceptive device Mirena®. Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mirena is an IUD device [intrauterine device] that must be inserted by a trained health care provider and is intended to provide contraceptive protection for up to five years. Some women have experienced serious adverse side-effects and potentially life-threatening complications following the implantation of theMirena device, including perforation of or imbedment in the uterus.
Is the Mirena IUD Unsafe?
Mirena Birth Control Device: What Makes The Contraceptive Unsafe
Mirena intrauterine contraceptive device was first introduced by Bayer Pharmaceuticals in 2000. The T-shaped device contains levonorgestrel hormone that is released to the uterus and prevents unwanted pregnancy. Once considered as the most effective birth control device, the IUD has been subject to hundreds of lawsuits claiming serious Mirena side effects. The medical community looks unconvinced about its safety and efficacy while independent studies have highlighted how users face potential risk of injuries due to Mirena side effects.
Mirena Side Effect Injuries
Mirena has been linked to a number of uterine and pelvic problems. The device migration causing damage to the uterus and its membrane is the most highlighted complaint. Close to a dozen of lawsuits are filed in the past two months by women who had to undergo hysterectomy following uterine pain and perforations caused by Mirena migration in the body. Vaginal infection and inflammation have been common in women using the contraceptive device. Decreased libido, sexual dysfunction, vaginitis, dysmenorrheal, and pain during intercourse have been reported by the post-marketing studies.
Menstrual disorders, including short cycles, irregular bleeding, and spotting, are common cause of concern among women using Mirena contraceptive. There were also reports of no menstrual periods after a year of using the IUD. Mirena side effects also adversely impact the ovary. The FDA has received reports of ectopic pregnancy, where fertilization occurs outside the ovary. Abnormal hormone release from the IUD causes painful ovarian cysts. The expansion of these cysts leads to vaginal pain. Almost 12 percent of Mirena users experience pain because of ovarian cysts.
Concerns Among Healthcare Professionals
According to a March 2012 report in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, healthcare professionals are fearful of Mirena side effect injuries and advise against using the IUD. Thirty percent of 2,000 doctors interviewed expressed their concern over potential Mirena contraceptive side effects. More than 60 percent of them preferred prescribing alternative birth control solutions to those unsure of selecting the Mirena device. The survey was commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The American Public Health Association has also endorsed the findings. During its annual meet in San Francisco on October 30, 2012, a similar report was tabled. According to the study, half of the healthcare professionals interviewed questioned the stated safety and efficacy of the Mirena IUD.
Mayo Clinic Advisory
According to Mayoclinic.com, Mirena side effects could lead to breakthrough bleeding, amenorrhea, acne, mood swing, pelvic infection and ovarian cysts. It also advises against using the IUD by women never been pregnant, with high blood pressure, pelvic infection, facing menstrual pain or with prolonged menstrual periods, and of younger age.
The FDA has admitted that at least five percent of Mirena birth control users face the increased risk of side effect injuries. In October 2009, the FDA disclosed receipt of hundreds of complaints by Mirena contraceptive users on injuries caused by device migration. A large number of complaints on Mirena side effect injuries made through the Adverse Reporting System included pelvic infection, inflammation, and injury, vaginal injuries, uterine problems, and other health problems caused by the device migration. Uterine perforation and pelvic pain are the most reported injuries caused by the contraceptive device. The FDA also wrote to the manufacturer in December 2009 to stop promoting Mirena IUD as a no-side-effect contraceptive and included it in their “Bad Ad Program” to target misleading drug promotion efforts.
If you experienced adverse Mirena side effects, required surgery or have a loved one who suffered death following the implantation of Mirena, you may have a potentialMirena lawsuit.
No Recovery, No Fee
We take Mirena litigation cases on a contingency basis. That means that there is no cost to you unless we and our co-counsel are able to recover a settlement or judgment on your behalf. So, unless your case is resolved by trial, arbitration, settlement, or other resolution, you do not have to pay any attorney fees to us, or pay any costs. Litigation costs include filing fees, court reporter fees for deposition, copying costs, experts, and travel. Litigation costs are paid by our firm so you don’t have to have cash to pursue justice against medical device corporations.
Our team of attorneys have been retained by clients across the country as to allegedly defective and improperly designed Mirena devices. In fact, our team of attorneys has represented patients around the globe for the allegedly defective Advanced Bionics HiRes90k cochlear implant device and other medical devices including the DePuy hip implant and the transvaginal mesh and transvaginal sling devices.
As a Mirena attorney, we will investigate your claim and with our co-counsel we stand ready to push your case ahead.
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