The law firm of Ford & Associates Nationwide Legal Services announced today that it is offering free consultations to women who may have suffered severe health problems from the use of Mirena Intrauterine Devices.
“Concerns over serious complications caused by the use of the Mirena IUD have caused an increasing number of women to seek legal advice about whether they are eligible for compensation for the health problems and expenses they have suffered,” said Ford & Associates.
“We are now making our nationwide legal service available to these victims and offering free consultations to provide these women an opportunity to consider the legal options that may be available to them.”
The Mirena IUD was approved as a contraceptive by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 and was approved to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in 2009.
The Mirena IUD quickly became a commercial success for its manufacturer, pharmaceutical giant Bayer, and has been the choice of contraception for millions of women in the United States and many other countries.
However, numerous adverse reactions have been reported from women using Mirena and FDA records* from the agency’s Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) now show that nearly 50,000 Adverse Event Reports have been filed by women and health care professionals detailing side effects.
Some of these allegations have led to Mirena IUD lawsuits against Bayer. Two of the most recent** filings in this litigation mirror the same claims that Bayer knew, or should have known, about safety risks involved with the use of the Mirena and did not adequately warn consumers or government regulators.
“If you are among the women who have suffered any injuries resulting in surgical removal of your IUD, please call us as soon as possible,” said Ford & Associates Nationwide Legal Services.
The firm is investigating whether these injuries may be linked to the use of Mirena:
• Ectopic Pregnancy
• Intrauterine Pregnancy
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
• Serious Infection Requiring Surgical Removal
• Migration of the IUD to the Abdominal Area
• Embedment of the Device in the Uterine Wall or Other Surrounding Organs
• Perforation of the Uterine Wall, Cervix, and Pelvic Organs
These injuries are serious. To find out if you may be entitled to compensation for your injury contact Ford & Associates Nationwide Legal Services, A.P.C immediately for a free review of your case.
Since winning approval for the Mirena IUD from the FDA, Bayer Pharmaceuticals successfully marketed the device as a safe, convenient alternative to birth control pills and other contraceptives.
This campaign and the increasing number of Mirena IUD Adverse Event Reports caught the attention of FDA officials who sent Bayer officials a warning letter*** in 2010, admonishing the company for overstating the benefits and understating the risks of the device.
The FDA wrote:
“The program overstates the efficacy of Mirena, presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena. Thus, the program misbrands the drug in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”
The Mirena IUD is a t-shaped device placed in the uterus to prevent conception for up to five years. It blocks pregnancies by releasing the progestin levonorgestrel to prevent the release of eggs in a woman’s ovaries.
However, over the last several years an increasing number of health issues were being reported to the FDA’s FAERS* from women suffering dangerous complications attributed to these IUDs.
The reports of serious health problems that have been reported to the FDA prompted the federal agency to require Bayer to provide labeling changes on the Mirena IUD warning patients of additional side effects.****
Listed as side effects were serious health problems including congenital anomalies, embedment, perforation, expulsion, ovarian cysts and breast cancer.
For instance, about perforation, the FDA warned “If perforation occurs, pregnancy may result (see WARNINGS, Ectopic Pregnancy and Intrauterine Pregnancy). Mirena must be located and removed; surgery may be required. Delayed detection of perforation may result in migration outside the uterine cavity, adhesions…
“The risk of perforation may be increased in lactating women, in women with fixed retroverted uteri, and during the postpartum period. To decrease the risk of perforation postpartum, Mirena insertion should be delayed a minimum of 6 weeks after delivery or until uterine involution is complete. If involution is substantially delayed, consider waiting until 12 weeks postpartum.”
“If you, a relative or a friend has suffered Mirena IUD problems in which medical treatment was necessary please contact us as soon as possible for a complete analysis of the legal options that may be available,” said Ford & Associates Nationwide Legal Services.
Compensation may be available for pain and suffering, medical costs or other expenses attributable to defined problems caused by a Mirena IUD.
Consumers are warned that there may be legal time limits involved in the filing of a Mirena IUD lawsuit so it is recommended that you contact us as soon as possible in order to preserve all legal options in your case.
**MRSL-2723-12 and MRSL-2724-12, New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Morris County