Mirena IUD Litigation Looks Ahead to Status Conference Next Week in New Jersey
Mirena lawsuits are continuing to move forward in New Jersey Superior Court, where a consolidated litigation is looking ahead to a status conference scheduled for next week, court records indicate.
According to a calendar posted on the Bergen County court’s website, the state proceeding will hold its next meeting on June 24, 2014 to discuss matters related to the IUD. There, parties will speak about claims alleging device migration, as well as uterine perforations, ectopic pregnancy and other side effects that followed implantation of the device. According to a Case List updated on June 10th, a total of 728 claims had been filed in New Jersey litigation on behalf of women who similarly accuse Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals of failing to provide adequate warning about side effects that may stem from Mirena, and overstating its benefits.
Mirena Lawsuits Continue to Move Forward in State, Federal Courts
The Mirena IUD was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 as a contraceptive, and its range of uses expanded nine years later to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who used it for birth control. Women who have filed claims over the device say a range of complications can result from implantation of the device. According to Mirena’s labeling, the t-shaped implant works by releasing a synthetic progestin called levonorgestrel into the blood stream, which is meant to “thicken cervical mucus, thin the uterine lining, inhibit sperm movement and reduce sperm survival to prevent pregnancy.”The IUD is then supposed to stay in place for up to five years, according to Bayer.
Hundreds of lawsuits over Mirena refute this claim, however, in allegations that the device can spontaneously migrate away from the uterine wall and into other parts of the body shortly after insertion. In that case, the device may first need to be located in order to be removed.
In addition to state-filed Mirena lawsuits in New Jersey, a federal litigation established for IUD claims is also underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. A Case List updated on June 16th shows 569 claims now filed against Bayer in the jurisdiction, according to an update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
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