In 2001, Bayer Pharmaceuticals introduced Mirena to the American market, an intrauterine device (IUD) that promises to be 99% effective for 3 to 5 years. It is prescribed as birth control, as a treatment for heavy menstruation and as part of estrogen replacement therapy. Those using it as birth control, get it inserted into their uterus by their doctor and it works by releasing small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic equivalent of the hormone progestin. Used by millions of American women, Mirena has affected thousands of women adversely. Some of the most popularly reported health problems include depression, brain injuries, vision problems, perforation of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy.
FDA and Mirena
In 2009, the FDA released warning letters to Bayer pointing out that it had included misleading information in promotional material for the public. The promotional program for Mirena featured health experts that gave the message that Mirena could improve a woman’s intimate experience with their partner and improves quality of life for her. The FDA clearly stated that any clinical evidence did not support this and it contradicted the fact that at least 5% of clinical trial patients reported decreased libido as a side effect of Mirena use.
More than 1300 women have reported uterine perforation due to Mirena since 2008. Uterine perforation is a serious matter because it can cause infection, damage to abdominal organs such as the liver and stomach and causes internal bleeding. There have been reports of these IUDs causing harm to the ribcage, stomach and liver. Furthermore, Danish researchers found women who used hormonal contraception to have a 40 percent increased risk of depression in the first six months of usage. Also, those using IUDs like Mirena tripled their risk of depression. This finding is even more important for those who are genetically inclined towards depression or those who already use other drugs that make them more prone to depression.
Lawsuits against Bayer and Mirena
Many women have already filed lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals on grounds of hiding and/or understating the dangerous side effects, carrying out misleading marketing and selling a defective product. The FDA has received more than 70,000 reports about the minor and serious side effects of Mirena and efforts are being made to centralize Mirena lawsuits where plaintiffs have experienced similar/same side effects (such as those relating to the brain).
If you or a loved one has experienced a dangerous side effect after getting Mirena inserted in your uterus, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. It is highly advisable to see your doctor before you think of filing a lawsuit so that you and your legal representative have strong medical evidence to back your claim. If you are in Oklahoma, the legal team at Atkins and Markoff can help you file your lawsuit successfully. We strongly believe that it is your right to be fully informed about the dangers of a medical device such as an IUD and we will passionately represent you to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to speak to an IUD attorney in Oklahoma.