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Woman Sues Bayer Over Mirena® IUD

Filed December 3rd, 2012 admin

The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida woman who alleges that the birth control, the Mirena® IUD, caused her physical and emotional damage and names Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals as the defendant. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Morris County.

According to the complaint, the woman received the Mirena® IUD in 2008 and by July 2010, she suffered from pelvic pain. The strings attached to the birth control device were unable to be located, and the IUD itself could not be found though an ultrasound. The plaintiff was forced to undergo a laparoscopic surgery in December 2010 to remove the IUD. The lawsuit is alleging a number of damages on behalf of the woman, including permanent physical injuries, severe pain and suffering, and economic losses.

Mirena® IUD is a plastic device attached to two strings, and is inserted into the uterus for up to five years. While implanted, the IUD releases the synthetic hormone, levonorgestrel. According to the lawsuit, the defendants admit that they are unsure exactly how Mirena® works to prevent pregnancy.

Bayer has received heat for several years over the way it has marketed Mirena®. In 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) found that claims made by the company’s “Simple Style Program,” were unsubstantiated. The agency said that the program failed to reveal side effects such as weight gain, acne, and breast tenderness. The DDMAC also took issue with the notion that Mirena® IUD does not require any type of regular routine.

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