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Lawsuit Alleges That Mirena® IUD Caused Ectopic Pregnancy, Other Injures

Filed January 31st, 2013 admin

A Minnesota woman who suffered serious complications, including an ectopic pregnancy, allegedly due to using the Mirena® IUD has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. The woman is being represented by the national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP.

The woman received the Mirena® IUD in April 2006 and initially appeared to tolerate the procedure well, as there was no evidence to suggest that the device had perforated her uterus. However, by January 2009, her physician was unable to see the strings connected to the IUD. A sonography of the pelvis was performed, revealing that the Mirena® IUD had partially perforated through her uterus on the right side. The scan also revealed an ectopic pregnancy, which appeared as a mass-like lesion next to the right ovary. The woman endured laparoscopic surgery to retrieve the Mirena® IUD and a right salpingectomy to remove the ectopic pregnancy and Fallopian tube, the lawsuit said.

An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a pregnancy forms somewhere outside of the womb. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that this is one of the most serious side effects connected to the Mirena® IUD. Other side effects include: perforation of the uterine wall, intrauterine pregnancy, Group A streptococcal sepsis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and embedment of the device in the uterine wall.

The lawsuit alleges that the woman’s injuries and damages are a direct result of Bayer’s negligence and wrongful conduct. The woman is seeking damages for severe and permanent physical injuries, as well as substantial pain and suffering and economic loss.

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