A Mirena class action lawsuit was recently filed in Alberta, Canada by a woman who claims the IUD caused serious injuries after it migrated from its proper position in the uterus, punctured the uterine wall and moved into her abdominal cavity. According to a report from CANOE.ca, the Mirena class action lawsuit seeks $100 million, depending on how many women join the action. The attorney representing the lead plaintiff said he expects hundreds of women who suffered Mirena complications due to device migration will eventually sign on.
According to the lawsuit, the lead plaintiff had the Mirena IUD inserted two years ago. But she was forced to have the device removed due to the pain and discomfort it caused.
In 2010, Health Canada, which regulates medical products in Canada, issued a warning regarding Mirena uterine perforations. Among other things, the agency warned that the risk of perforation related to Mirena may be increased after pregnancy, during lactation, and in women with atypical uterine anatomy.
Meanwhile, hundreds of women throughout the U.S. have filed individual Mirena lawsuits alleging similar injuries. According to court documents, 105 such claims are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Another 170 Mirena complication lawsuits are pending in a consolidated proceeding in Bergen County Superior Court in New Jersey. The women who have filed these lawsuits fault Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals for allegedly overstating the IUD’s benefits and downplaying its serious side effects, especially those related to spontaneous Mirena migration.
Bayer maintains that the Mirena IUD is safe. However, data from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System reveals that the agency has received more than 70,000 reports of Mirena complications since the device came on the market in 2000. The reports site instances of device dislocation, which could include migration of the IUD outside of the uterus, as well as uterine perforations. Since 2008, there have been 4,775 reports of device dislocation and 1,322 reports of uterine perforation.
Thousands of women could eventually file Mirena lawsuits in U.S. courts. If you suffered uterine perforations, embedment in the uterine wall, infections, scarring, or other Mirena complications related to spontaneous device migration, you too may be eligible to file a claim. To learn more about the Mirena litigation, and for a free case evaluation, please call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at .