ABC15 Investigators Uncover Thousands of Mirena Side Effect Complaints in FDA Database
Infection, uterine perforations and other Mirena IUD side effects are not uncommon. Just ask ABC15 Investigators in Arizona, who were able to dig up thousands of complaints associated with the popular birth control device in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s database of adverse reports this month, the news source reports.
According to an article published May 21st, 2013, the FDA’s log showed 59,229 Mirena IUD side effect complaints filed since 2004, noting minor issues like acne and migraines to the more complex, such as “expulsion” of the birth control device. This complication is categorized by Mirena’s alleged potential to come out on its own, which may have occurred after the implant spontaneously migrated away from its original point of insertion in the woman’s uterine wall. In turn, complications including infection, uterine perforations, ectopic pregnancies and even a diminished ability to conceive a child may result, according to claims filed against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.
Thousands of Mirena IUD Side Effect Complaints Filed With the FDA
There are 12,047 FDA reports of the IUD’s “expulsion”, another 3,774 complaints of abdominal pain and 1,322 reports of uterine perforation, according to the article.
One woman interviewed by ABC15 said she received Mirena three years ago, and started experiencing pain almost immediately after insertion. Soon, that pain led her to the emergency room.
“They told me that it needed to be removed as soon as possible,” the patient said. “It was horrible. I would never recommend it to anyone.”
In U.S. courts, more and more women are stating their case against Bayer by filing Mirena IUD lawsuits alleging the risk for side effects to stem from the device, which plaintiffs say was unbeknownst to them prior to receiving it. Women allege the company failed to warn about the potential for Mirena to spontaneously migrate within the body, which may require a doctor to perform a hysterectomy to surgically locate and remove.
According to a Case List update in May 2013, approximately 50 Mirena lawsuits had been filed in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) established in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In response to the mounting number of cases and the thousand s of FDA side effect reports that have surfaced recently, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals released the following statement to the ABC15 Investigators: “At Bayer, we care about patients and take the safety of our products very seriously. For that reason, we continuously review the safety profile of all of our products worldwide. We are saddened to hear of any serious health condition affecting a patient using one of our products, irrespective of the cause.”
How Do I File a Mirena IUD Lawsuit?
Mirena lawsuits have been filed by women who allege pain, infection, uterine perforation and other injuries stemming from the birth control IUD. To join these women in seeking the justice they deserve, call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP. Lawyers can be reached directly at (877) 779-1414.