The mass torts filed against Bayer Healthcare for the alleged problems with the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) seem to have hit another roadblock. That’s because, recently, U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel of the Southern District of New York:
- Barred four of the plaintiffs’ expert witnesses from testifying
- Narrowed the scope of two other experts’ testimonies expected in two federal trials (that will soon get underway).
This ruling impacts the more than 1,200 cases pending in the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation (MLD).*
Background on Mirena IUD Devices
Mirena is one of three IUDs currently available in the U.S. According to Bayer, the target patient for Mirena IUDs are women who have already given birth. The marketing for these devices claims that IUDs are a hassle-free form of birth control for the active mom.
In fact, according to Bayer, its Mirena IUDs are:
- Convenient and can be implanted without surgery
- More than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
- Can be removed at any point after implantation
- Treat heavy periods
- Are effective for up to 5 years following implantation.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits: A Closer Look at the Allegations
Mirena’s IUD is a popular contraceptive device that has come under fire in recent years for allegedly causing women to sustain serious injuries.
In fact, in 2009, Bayer received a warning from the FDA stating that the company was exaggerating the effectiveness of the IUD and misleading consumers about its potential risks and dangers. To date, more than 45,000 adverse event reports related to the Mirena IUD have been filed by patients with the FDA.
In 2011, the first injury and liability claim related to the Mirena IUD was filed in civil court. This sparked a number of other personal injury claims against Bayer, ultimately triggering the courts to consolidate the cases into multidistrict litigation (in order to facilitate and standardize the pre-trial and discovery processes for these cases).
These MDL cases, as well as other individual cases filed against Bayer with regards to Mirena’s alleged problems, contend that the IUD devices caused a range of serious problems and injuries, including (but not necessarily limited to):
- Uterine perforation
- Severe inflammation
- The device becoming embedded in uterus
- Abscesses and organ damage
- Vaginal hemorrhaging and ongoing bleeding
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy occurring outside the uterus) when women became pregnant despite the use/presence of these devices
Among the specific allegations that have been hurled at Bayer with regards to its Mirena IUDs include that Bayer:
- Misled consumers about the benefits, effectiveness and potential risks associated with its IUDs
- Failed to adequately test the safety and possible dangers associated the IUD before bringing the product to market
- Failed to warn the public of the known risks linked to Mirena IUDs.
As more news about the Mirena IUD MDL becomes available, we’ll report the latest updates to you here, in a future blog. Until then, tell us what you think about this case on Facebook & Google+.
Contact a St Louis Personal Injury Lawyer at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If you or someone you love has been harmed by any type of dangerous or potentially defective medical device, contact an experienced St Louis personal injury lawyer at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law by calling (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. You can also email us using the contact form on this page.
When you contact our firm, you can get clear answers about your rights and options for recovery. You can also secure exceptional legal representation at no upfront legal cost. Our lawyers are ready to fight for you, help you protect your rights, and help you succeed in your financial recovery.
*Mirena IUD MDL is based in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, 13-MD-02434 (CS-LMS).