Mirena lawsuit attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report a new development in the litigation involving injured Mirena IUD users. A federal judicial panel recently ordered all Mirena IUD cases to be consolidated into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of New York. This consolidation will allow those injured by the Mirena IUD to more efficiently receive compensation for their suffering.
To be eligible for an MDL, the group of lawsuits against a particular brand or drug must involve at least one common complaint. The transferee court, in this case, the Southern District of New York, will control the pace and scope of the trial. It will allow most expert witnesses to testify only once, and benefit the plaintiffs by ensuring they are all treated with consistency and fairness. Additionally, the publicity surrounding an MDL may cause new plaintiffs to come forward who would have otherwise not known that they were eligible to receive compensation for their injuries and medical bills.
The judicial panel ordered this consolidation because it was clear that most Mirena plaintiffs were claiming similar injuries from the dangerous device. More than 45,000 women throughout the United States who were implanted with the IUD have reported significant adverse side effects to the FDA. The most common and recurrent issues include perforation and forced surgical removal. Many women have had to undergo complete hysterectomies at a very young age, some even before they had a chance to bear children at all.
In one of the first lawsuits filed against Mirena manufacturer Bayer, a woman in Arizona alleged that the IUD spontaneously migrated into her pelvic region three years after its insertion. The device went through her uterus, to which she experienced extensive damage and severe and permanent injuries. The woman, like thousands of others, was never warned that spontaneous perforation and migration was a possibility. Had she known about this risk, she would not have chosen to have Mirena implanted.
About two million women in the U.S. use Mirena, trusting the device to work as promised, safely in the most precious of their organs. The grim reality is, however, that Bayer fraudulently concealed the risks of the device to these women. Most are wholly unaware that the IUD could migrate, puncture the reproductive organs, and lead to permanent infertility. Some women have suffered ectopic pregnancies from such migration, which is a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb. Ectopic pregnancies must always be terminated through a painful procedure and are potentially life-threatening.
Mirena migration can only be corrected through an invasive surgery called a laparoscopy. Women forced to undergo such a procedure are also placed at a higher risk of adhesions to the reproductive organs, which can in turn cause infertility. Plaintiffs are alleging that Bayer’s failure to make these side effects known to consumers was purposeful, done to increase profits of this already multi-billion dollar company. This concealment is a violation of basic consumer rights, as is the company’s blatant exaggeration of the IUD’s benefits.
The known and documented health risks associated with Mirena only continue
to mount. They range from minor, such as headaches and nausea, to devastating.
One study published in the
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the IUD was associated with significantly higher rates of herpes,
gonorrhea, complaints of expulsion, and unintended pregnancies.
What is most troublesome about these reports of migration and expulsion is that the reasons behind such side effects are completely unknown. Even the world’s most distinguished medical experts cannot be certain of the exact cause of IUD migration. What is known, is that women are experiencing severe, excruciating, and life-changing reactions from this device, which was dishonestly marketed as safe, effective, and without significant adverse side effects.
As more and more reports of Mirena complications are revealed, women throughout the country are able to trace their health problems back to the IUD. Mirena lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are already representing women who were injured by the IUD, and continue to evaluate potential Mirena cases from new prospective clients. Anyone who suffered Mirena perforation or required surgery to remove the IUD is encouraged to contact an attorney as soon as possible.