Even though the Mirena IUD has been named in thousands of adverse event reports, there has never been a Mirena recall. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceutical’s alleged failure to provide patients with adequate warnings about Mirena complications, coupled with its failure to issue a Mirena recall, could result in the company being held liable for injuries caused by the device. Already, a number of women around the country have filed personal injury claims in the wake of alleged Mirena injuries, and it is likely the number of lawsuits will grow.

Mirena Injuries

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 45,000 reports of Mirena injuries through August 2012. The most commonly reported Mirena complications involved migration or expulsion of the device. In some of these cases, victims of Mirena injuries had to be hospitalized. By comparison, Bayer’s controversial Yaz birth control pill, also the subject of lawsuits, has been named in 16,000 adverse event reports

A number of Mirena lawsuits have been filed by women who allege they suffered serious Mirena injuries when the device migrated following its proper insertion by a doctor. In such cases, the Mirena IUD can result in uterine perforations and other serious injuries, including:

  • Infertility
  • Infection
  • Intestinal perforations or obstruction
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy resulting in miscarriage

Mirena complications have serious consequences for a woman’s health, and can endanger her fertility and even her life. In many cases, women who have experienced Mirena migration have had to undergo surgical procedures, including emergency surgery, to have the IUD retrieved and repair the damage it caused.

Why No Mirena Recall?

Despite the mounting reports of injuries and lawsuits associated with the Mirena IUD, there is unlikely to be a Mirena recall unless there is a public outcry. The device is used by more than 2 million women in the U.S., and is reportedly becoming more popular.  There is a chance that publicity about the growing numbers of lawsuits filed over the IUD could lead to calls for a Mirena recall. In January 2013, plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for the establishment of a consolidated proceeding in a single federal court for all federally-filed claims. In their petition, plaintiffs asserted that hundreds of similar claims could be filed in the near future.

While there has not been a Mirena recall, the FDA has warned Bayer about marketing materials that overstated the effectiveness of the IUD and downplayed the risk of serious Mirena complications.   In 2009, the agency issued a warning letter to Bayer over a Mirena social marketing campaign that promised “busy moms” that using Mirena would help them “look and feel great,” and even improve their sex lives.

Have You Suffered Mirena Complications?  Contact an Attorney Today.

If you suffered serious Mirena injuries, including device migration and uterine perforation, filing a lawsuit may enable you to obtain compensation for your damages, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress

The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are available to answer any questions you might have about Mirena complications and your legal rights. To learn more, please contact the firm today by calling 1-877-779-1414.

Published February 8, 2013 by