Women in Beaumont are likely familiar with the popular contraceptive drug Mirena. Unfortunately, the drug has not worked as safely or as well as users have expected. In recent weeks women have come forward detailing the dangerous side effects associated with the use of Mirena.
Mirena is a plastic medical device that is inserted into the uterus, where it releases progestogen. The device is supposed to prevent pregnancies for up to five years, according to the manufacturer.
Some women are complaining that the device is causing unintended side effects, which were not disclosed to users. One such side effect is an ectopic pregnancy, in which a pregnancy occurs outside of the womb, typically in the fallopian tubes. This is a life-threatening condition for the mother, and the fetus itself cannot survive.
In fact, some women have had complications that required a complete hysterectomy.
Some of these injured women have recently decided to sue Bayer, the manufacturer, alleging that the company knew of these dangerous side effects, but failed to disclose the information to users. The lawsuit also alleges that Mirena is not as effective as advertised.
Medical-product manufacturers are required test the medicines and products they sell as is outlined by federal regulations before releasing them for public use. A medical product manufacturer is also expected to warn of the side effects of a device or drug when the manufacturer becomes aware of those side effects.
When a medical product manufacturer places a product on the marketplace, consumers expect that the manufacturer will have tested the product and determined that it is safe. If a manufacturer places profits over the safety of consumers, those consumers may have the right to seek compensation for the physical and financial damages they have sustained.
Source: Bloomberg, "Bayer Sued Over Alleged Hidden Risks of Mirena Contraceptive," Sophia Pearson, Jan. 28, 2013