In December 2000, the FDA approved Mirena, an intrauterine contraceptive (IUD) that consists of a small T-shaped device made of soft flexible plastic that is inserted into the uterus and releases a progestin into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. In 2009, Mirena usage was expanded to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. Mirena is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to five years. To date, more than 2 million women in the United States use Mirena, currently manufactured and sold by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
While Bayer promotes Mirena as being safe and effective, as well as easily removable by a physician at any time users choose, more than 50,000 complaints have been made to the FDA regarding Mirena since 2004. According to the FDA, the most serious adverse events associated with Mirena since its time on the market include perforation of the uterine wall and embedment of the IUD in the uterine wall.
As a result, many lawsuits have been filed across the country claiming, among other things, that Bayer failed to warn of the potential for such serious injuries. In March 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation met to decide whether to consolidate in one court all Mirena cases filed in federal courts across the country. On April 8, 2013, the Panel decided that consolidation would promote the just and efficient administration of the cases and assigned the consolidated litigation to U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in the Southern District of New York.
If you need more information on this litigation, or you or someone you know has been injured as a result of using a Mirena IUD, contact Roger Smith, a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section at 800-898-2034 or by email at Roger.Smith@beasleyallen.com.
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