Bayer Pharmaceuticals is under fire in a series of Mirena lawsuits alleging that the company has created a faulty product and hidden potential side effects. Prosecutors say the IUD device is responsible for organ perforation, uterine migration, and other health problems.
Across the country, thousands of women have sued Bayer Pharmaceuticals for the damage they allegedly caused by Mirena's birth control. The allegations say that these Mirena complications have led to a loss of medical bills, a reduced quality of life and fear of further health problems.
The prosecutors allege that Bayer sold a dangerous product and failed to publish the risk of complications through misleading advertising. Bayer Pharmaceuticals has already offered to resolve claims up to $ 12.2 million.
There are currently no class action lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals in the United States, but there are three categories of joint individual actions in both New York and New Jersey. The only lawsuits that Bayer has offered to settle so far are a few perforation cases.
What is Mirena IUD?
Mirena is an IUD or hormonal intrauterine device that is implanted in the uterus as a measure of long-term pregnancy prevention. This T-shaped device is slightly larger than a quarter and has to be surgically implanted. Thereafter, sperm should be prevented from reaching and fertilizing the egg.
Mirena IUDs are plastic devices that stop sperm by releasing a hormone called levonorgestrel. Of the two million women who have used Mirena since his release in 2000, over 70,000 have submitted complaints about dangerous side effects that they claim have not been warned and have no reason to believe.
Current federal and multicounty lawsuits
Litigation is ongoing. Bayer Pharmaceuticals publicly offered a $ 12.2 million settlement in August 2017 to resolve cases of organ perforation claims.
The comparison was estimated by the pharmaceutical company to be around 4,600 claims. In order for the comparison to be accepted, 98% of all applicants must agree to what has not yet happened.
The agreement also does not cover the other large group of Mirena cases that are currently ongoing. The other group of cases in southern New York claims the role of Mirena IUDs in pseudotumor cerebral injury. There are now several litigation cases in New Jersey claiming that the Mirena devices are responsible for both organ perforation and migration.
Cases of migration and organ perforation
In two of the ongoing case groups, women claimed that Mirena IUD perforated their organs when the device pierced the surface of an organ, in this case the uterus. The allegations state that Bayer Pharmaceutical has never issued warnings that Mirena spirals could perforate organs during or after implantation.
In New Jersey, one of the case groups also claims that the Mirena IUD has migrated outside the uterus, which has also resulted in perforation or organ damage or the risk of it. Some of the women who made these allegations against Bayer Pharmaceuticals had to undergo surgery to remove the Mirena IUD and correct complications.
Cases of pseudotumor cerebri injuries
The second category of Mirena lawsuits came when women claimed that their Mirena IUDs were the cause of pseudotumor cerebri or false brain tumors. The applicants allege that the IUD caused this problem due to the hormone levonorgestrel it contains. They claim that this hormone has played a role in increasing the spinal fluid in the skull above normal levels, which then led to the occurrence of the wrong brain tumors.
Bayer Pharmaceuticals has been accused of misleading Mirena coil users and how safe they are, particularly because they have not explained how the levonorgestrel hormone works. In the case, it is claimed that the hormone causes side effects significantly more often than others that are normally used in spirals, and that women who have used other levonorgestrel products are also more likely to suffer from pseudotumor cerebri.
As last reported in April 2019, 917 lawsuits were pending in connection with this issue. The discovery continues after the accused gather to further investigate the medical and scientific evidence surrounding the Mirena IUD.
Up to April 2019, 917 lawsuits were pending in this MDL. In April 2018, plaintiffs and accused gathered to discuss the medical and scientific issues surrounding Mirena. The discovery is still ongoing.
Why Mirena IUP cases are submitted
The women who joined the three case groups in New York and New Jersey claim that Bayer Pharmaceuticals knowingly harmed them by not informing them of dangerous side effects. As such, they are demanding compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and compensation for their pain and suffering. The women claim that they have lost part of their zest for life and some have a future with high-risk pregnancies, infertility and lifelong treatment due to complications.
In the cases, it is said that Bayer knowingly presented the risks of Mirena as unusually wrong and covered up possible complications, including the use of misleading marketing, which claimed that the IUD was safe and convenient.
The latest in the Mirena class action lawsuits
In cases where the Mirena IUD is said to have caused pseudotumor cerebri, is currently being discovered. In New York, the consolidated Mirena cases were brought before Judge Paul A. Engelmeyer, who heard arguments from both sides. In his decision, however, Richter Engelmayer excluded statements from the plaintiffs' experts and stated that he believed that there was insufficient scientific evidence to support the allegations made against Bayer Pharmaceuticals. On October 24, 2018, he ruled against all allegations against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, but the plaintiffs' lawyers are working to appeal the decision.