Woman Sues Bayer Over Mirena IUD

A Texas woman is suing Bayer Pharmaceuticals for permanent injuries she believes were caused by the hormonal IUD known as Mirena.

LiveActionNews.org is reporting on the story of Christina Day who developed Pseudotumor Cerebra (PTC), or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), from her use of Mirena. According to the lawsuit, this condition “develops in the skull when a person’s cerebrospinal fluid becomes elevated, causing increased pressure. Fluid builds up in the skull and is not released and absorbed at the proper rate. PTC derives its name from the fact that the condition acts like a tumor but it is not actually a tumor.”

Some of the symptoms include vision loss, severe headaches, blackouts, cognitive problems, dizziness, and nausea. This condition can be fatal.

Mirena is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus where it releases the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. It also works to thin the uterine lining to make it impossible for a fertilized egg to implant itself, which is why it is considered to be an abortifacient.

In the suit, Day claims she received no warning about the potential ill effects of the use of the device, and “no adequate warning was communicated to her physicians” about these risks. As a result, these “wrongful acts or omissions” on the part of Bayer caused the Plaintiff to be “permanently injured” with “past and future medical expenses… lost wages, and… increased risk of future harm.”

Day is not alone in her complaints. Several thousand lawsuits are currently pending against Bayer from women who claim to have been injured by the device. The most common injuries were the result of device migration, organ perforation, and misplacement of the device.

Many of these lawsuits also claim deceptive advertising on the part of Bayer who is accused of misrepresenting Mirena’s benefits, failing to warn about dangerous side effects, and understating the product’s complications as “uncommon.”

In December 2009, the Food and Drug Administration responded to the increasing problems associated with Mirena by issuing a warning letter to Bayer about false claims in its promotional materials concerning the effectiveness of the product and minimizing or omitting the risks of infection and pregnancy. Bayer was asked to stop using these inaccurate materials.

“Despite lawsuits and FDA warning letters, the Mirena IUD has not yet been recalled,” reports FindLaw.com.

Too many women are being injured by these contraceptive devices because they were not adequately informed about the risks.  or the risks were minimized with comments such as “these injuries are rare” or “only a small percentage of women are hurt by this device.”

As LiveAction reports, “no woman thinks she will be one of the few horror stories” but far too many women are nevertheless finding themselves in that unfortunate category.

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