Overview: An Arkansas woman is suing Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals after her Mirena IUD allegedly perforated her uterus, causing severe injuries and the need for surgery to remove the device. The lawsuit, which was filed by the national personal injury firm of Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the company failed to warn about the risks of the device and holds Bayer responsible for her injuries.
- Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Mirena IUD caused injuries in an Arkansas woman
- The lawsuit was filed on January 22nd in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division; Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals have been named as Defendants
- The Plaintiff alleges that the IUD perforated her uterus and migrated outside of it, prompting the need for surgery
Product: Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD)
Manufacturer: Bayer, Inc.
Side Effects & Complications
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Streptococcal sepsis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Perforation of cervix or uterine wall
The Plaintiff was implanted with the Mirena IUD in November 2007. Initially, she appeared to tolerate the procedure well and there was no evidence to suggest that the device had perforated her uterus, according to a press release by Parker Waichman. This was confirmed at a follow-up exam in August 2008, where her IUD was still in place. However, in January 2011 she decided she wanted to become pregnant and went back to her physician to have the device removed. Her doctor was unable to find the strings and could not remove the IUD. A hysteroscopy was performed but the IUD could still not be located. Finally, a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis revealed that the IUD was present along the right side of the uterus. The Plaintiff underwent laparoscopic surgery in October 2011 to retrieve the Mirena IUD. The lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff suffered injuries and damages and are a direct result of the Defendant’s negligence and wrongful conduct. She is suing for severe and permanent physical injuries, substantial pain and suffering, and economic damages.
Mirena IUD is a long-term form of birth control that came to the US market in 2000. It is a small, plastic t-shaped device that is placed inside the uterus, where it releases the hormone levonorgestrel. Mirena IUD can be left in the uterus for up to five years. In 2009, Bayer was contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) for making unsubstantiated claims about the device while failing to mention its risks. Due to its safety risks, a number of women have filed lawsuits over the devices.