Mirena is an intrauterine device manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This small, T-shaped device releases small amounts of a synthetic progestin hormone called levonorgestrel, a prescription medication used as a contraceptive. It is made of flexible plastic and inserted by a healthcare provider for the purpose of contraception. Mirena may be used for up to 5 years before it must be removed or replaced by a healthcare provider.
Facts about Mirena IUD:
- The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved Mirena as an IUD and recommended for women who have had at least one child. In 2009, the FDA additionally approved Mirena for women with heavy menstrual bleeding. Today, more than 2 million women in the United States use Mirena.
- Bayer has been given several warnings by government agencies, including DDMAC (Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications within the FDA) in December 2009 regarding the company’s advertisements that minimized the risks associated with Mirena.
- Lawsuits alleging that after insertion, their Mirena perforated their uterus have been filed by hundreds of women. Once outside the uterus, serious internal complications, such as intestinal perforation or obstruction, can occur. The migration of the Mirena typically results in surgical removal.
- Women have filed multiple cases against Bayer on federal and state court levels. The plaintiffs hold that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. failed to communicate risks associated with the Mirena IUD.
- On April 8, 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) granted a petition filed by the plaintiffs and created a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of New York.
- On May 17, 2013, the first Status Conference was held in the litigation during which significant dates and deadlines were set.
- On July 10, 2013, Judge Cathy Seibel appointed Johnson Becker Partner Michael Johnson to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, earning the firm the honor and responsibility of being one of the lead law firms in this national litigation.
If you have used or are using the Mirena IUD and have suffered from perforation of the uterus, or you have lost a loved one for this reason, find out how JohnsonBecker, PLLC can help you. Please either call us at our toll free number (800) 279-6386 or fill out our case review form here on our website and submit it for a free consultation.