Study Finds that 90 Percent of Women Use IUDs for at Least 6 Months; Mirena Lawsuits Near 600 in U.S. Proceedings
A new study shows that the majority of women who start using IUDs as their method of birth control continue to do so for at least six months, but that does not speak to the growing number of women who have gone on to file Mirena lawsuit claims after they were allegedly forced to have it removed due to complications.
According to findings published November 13th on Reuters.com, a team of researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that most women contained in a recent study did not suffer Mirena complications. Hundreds of Mirena lawsuits, however, allege the potential for the IUD to migrate away from the uterine wall and into other parts of the body, which, as a result, may cause uterine perforations, infection and ectopic pregnancy, among other side effects.
The research, which was originally released by the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said that IUDs like Mirena are used by less than ten percent of women in the U.S., despite their high success rates in preventing pregnancy. 6,000 women between the ages of 14 and 45 were included in the study.
Almost 600 Mirena Lawsuit Claims Now Filed in U.S. Litigations
This information is troubling, however, given that more and more U.S. women are filing claims over Mirena. As of November 18th, an update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) indicates that 267 cases had been filed in a federal proceeding established for cases over the IUD. (In Re: Mirena Litigation; Case No. 297) A Case List released the same day in a multicounty New Jersey litigation showed that 300 Mirena IUD lawsuits were pending in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. Cases filed at the state and federal court levels similarly allege that the Mirena IUD was defectively designed by its manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, who also failed to warn women and their doctors about its potential to cause side effects.
A string of recent reports show that Mirena complications are far from infrequent. A report that aired this past summer on 7 Action News showed that the FDA received over 70,000 adverse event reports associated with IUD since its approval in 2000.
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