Lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe have been closely following recent news regarding Mirena lawsuits. Following growing adverse event reports filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as increasing numbers of Mirena lawsuits being filed across the country, Lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently offering free legal evaluations of Mirena cases.
Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Bayer), Mirena is a contraceptive device intended for long-term use of up to 5 years, and is recommended for use by women who have had at least one child. It is classified as an intrauterine device, or IUD, as use of Mirena involves uterine insertion.
The Mirena IUD is made of a polyethylene material in the shape of a T that houses a hormone reservoir. The hormone reservoir is responsible for the slow and small release of the hormone levonorgesterel. The Merina IUD works as a contraceptive device by producing a thicker than normal cervical mucus that blocks sperm ingress and fertilization.
The Mirena IUD has been linked to serious health complications, including the following:
- uterine wall or cervix perforation
- device expulsion
- device disengagement and travel to other parts of the body
- device embedding into the uterine wall
- pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- ectopic pregnancy
Individuals who have filed Mirena lawsuits claim that the Mirena IUD rooted into their uterine wall, at times breaching the uterine wall, and traveling to the abdomen and other parts of the body causing serious damage to internal organs. There are some cases wherein the Mirena IUD dislodged and traveled into the fallopian tubes. In cases where the Mirena IUD perforated the uterus or the cervix or dislodged and traveled to other areas of the body, individuals required surgery to remove the device.
In addition the health risks associated with use of with Mirena, the FDA along with patients who have used Mirena have cited the deceptive and misleading marketing strategies employed by Bayer in order to market the contraceptive device to women. The FDA wrote a letter to Bayer in December 2009 addressing Bayer’s Mirena marketing campaign, and noted that it was in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Bayer claimed in its Mirena marketing materials that the contraceptive device improved overall health and libido, which the FDA found to be unsubstantiated. With the evidence before it, the FDA concluded the opposite about Mirena in light of such side effects like headaches, nausea, weight gain, shifts in mood, and acne.
Lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe recognize the importance of protecting consumers from negligent pharmaceutical companies who so clearly demonstrate more concern for profits than consumer health. In cases such as Mirena, lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently working hard to investigate Mirena cases and win our clients the justice they so deserve.
For a free legal evaluation regarding your Mirena lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe at 800.721.2519 today.