The defective medical device lawyers of the Stampfle Law Firm are currently looking into whether patients who have been adversely affected by the Mirena Intrauterine Device from Bayer would qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit against the company. You or a loved one might be entitled to financial compensation for the pain you’ve been put through and our legal team is standing by to hear from you.
A Potential For Serious Side Effects
The Mirena IUD was launched by Bayer as a means of contraception for those females who have already given birth to at least one child. The device is able to slowly distribute progestogen levonorgestrel to the uterus in order to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. It was meant to do this for up to five years, at which point the device would have to be removed or replaced.
Unfortunately, side effects that may arise from the usage of the Mirena IUD can be quite severe. A wide array of maladies such as headaches, bleeding, tender breasts, menstrual and pelvic pain, cysts of the ovaries, and vaginitis were possible, as were other serious conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, group A streptococcal sepsis, or an ectopic or intrauterine pregnancy in which pregnancy occurs despite the device’s presence, a situation which could lead to miscarriage or infertility of the mother.
But perhaps the most serious complication is the tendency of the device to perforate the uterine wall and travel to other parts of the body. If the Mirena IUD then makes its way to the abdominal cavity or pierces the intestines or the bladder, a host of further complications could ensue. These include an infection, an obstruction of the intestines, adhesions, scarring, and other internal damage to the organs. The only way to correct the issue at that point would be through surgical means, and sufficiently extensive damage might even lead to a hysterectomy.
A Questionable Marketing Tactic Which Downplayed the Risks
Perhaps the most disappointing facet of this entire situation is one of the ways in which Bayer chose to market the Mirena IUD. They did so through something called a Mirena Party. This event involved a group of women getting together in a private setting such as a home or a restaurant to learn about the product through direct marketing. Representatives from Mom Central, a social networking site, put on these events with the help of a nurse practitioner, who was required to follow a script that extolled the virtues of Mirena.
Among those virtues were the Mirena IUD’s ability to help a user to look and feel great, to draw a person closer to themselves and their partners, and to promote intimacy. All of these statements were included in the nurse’s script in some form, yet none of the claims were supported with evidence, according to the Food and Drug Administration. In December 2009, that safety organization informed Bayer via a letter that the efficacy of the device was overstated. Not only that, but certain other complications and risks like what we’ve listed above were not included within the script or were downplayed by the “look and feel great” statement. The FDA also had qualms with the suggestion that there weren’t daily, weekly, or monthly routines to follow in conjunction with Mirena.
Even though such parties were halted in 2009, it’s unclear how many users may have chosen the product because they were misled by the claims made in the direct marketing setting. If such persons then experienced some type of complication related to usage of the device without being informed of such risks, they might have a chance at receiving financial compensation.
The Stampfle Law Firm Can Help
Our qualified Mirena IUD lawyers are standing by to speak with those who have been adversely affected by this device. Even those who did not attend a Mirena party might be entitled to legal representation. As the matter is ongoing, we ask all such persons to get in touch with us right away so that legal remedies can be adequately explored.
The Stampfle Law Firm wants to help all those who have experienced side effects related to the Mirena IUD, so call our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.