Mirena Lawsuits: Information from Mirena Lawyers
The Mirena lawyers at the Simmons Firm are currently investigating health complications caused by the use of Mirena, a form of birth control marketed to busy moms. In 2009, the FDA issued a warning related to the misbranding of the drug and the downplaying of serious risks and complications in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Mirena is a t-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) containing progestogen that acts as a long-term, hormonal contraceptive device. The product is made of soft, flexible plastic and is placed by a medical professional into the uterus, where it releases hormones that prevent the release of an egg from an ovary. It is nonpermanent, typically lasting up to five years, and can be removed by a medical professional.
The FDA’s 2009 warning letter reviews the promotional program Bayer, the product’s manufacturer, used to market Mirena. The direct marketing program partnered with social networking site Mom Central and consisted of house visits by members of Mom Central to prospective consumers.
During the visits with prospective customers, Mirena was described as a method of contraception that could make women “look and feel great”. The FDA warning letter declared this as misbranding due to the lack of evidence that the effects of Mirena make women look and feel great. The FDA also stated the marketing program overstated the efficacy of Mirena, included false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena and failed to mention risks and serious complications associated with using the contraception device.
Complications have been reported by 5 percent or more of Mirena users, causing lawsuits to increase. Many of these lawsuits include serious health conditions resulting from the use of Mirena without proper education by the manufacturer about possible risks associated with its use.
Information on Mirena Lawsuits
Mirena, an intrauterine device that is used as a form of hormonal birth control, has been associated with certain side effects and complications that have resulted in Mirena lawsuits. The lawyers at the Simmons Firm urge anyone using Mirena to take note of these side effects and complications, which may include:
- Intrauterine pregnancy (a pregnancy that occurs with the device still in the uterus)
- Ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Group A streptococcal sepsis
- Embedding of the device into the uterine wall
- Perforation of the device into the uterine wall or cervix
- Ovarian cists
- Pelvic pain
- Painful menstruation
- Severe headaches
- And more
Many of the Mirena lawsuits currently being filed involve the perforation of the uterine wall or cervix by the device. In some cases, this complication was not detected right away, leading to further health risks. Perforation has also occurred at the time of insertion without notice by the medical professional.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Mirena and has therefore suffered severe complications from its use, the manufacturer may have failed in its duty to alert consumers like you to the risks associated with the product.
Contact the Mirena lawyers at the Simmons Firm today for more information. Our experienced Mirena attorneys will evaluate your case, answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights in regard to filing a Mirena lawsuit. Get in touch with us today.