There are 344 pending Mirena IUD lawsuits centralized before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the multidistrict litigation court, or MDL, where pretrial proceedings are coordinated. There were 123 pending cases in mid-July 2013.
"The actions originally centralized in this MDL involve factual questions arising from the alleged risk of uterine perforation and migration associated with the Mirena IUD and the adequacy of the product's warning label with respect to those risks," according an October 2013 ruling by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the body that consolidated those cases.
The plaintiffs in those cases, as the attorneys at Reich & Binstock know from their practice, are not whistling Dixie.
A number of increased risks have been identified in connection with the use of Mirena, which the FDA originally approved in 2000. Severe reported adverse reactions include:
•· Group-A streptococcal sepsis
•· Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
•· Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
•· Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
Victims have suffered physically and have incurred medical expenses related to a side effect about which the manufacturer, in this case Bayer, failed to properly warn until it was too late for too many. Some of the unfortunate patients lost wages due to time off of work for medical appointments and so forth.
One common problem is that the damage caused by device migration can remain undetectable for a time. This is what researchers in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and Germany observed. They reported their findings in the January 2011 edition of the international medical journal Drug Safety.
Authors of the report concluded, according to the Abstract that the U.S. National Institutes of Health made available, "Uterine perforations can be asymptomatic and may remain undetected for a long time after [Levonorgestrel-releasing] IUD insertion. Abdominal pain, control/check-up visits or changes in bleeding patterns are triggers for detection of perforation and should therefore be taken seriously."
Injured Mirena IUD patients deserve legal representation that will fight hard for the compensation they may deserve.