What are IUDs and why are people filing lawsuits about them?
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are an increasingly popular contraceptive. An IUD is a small, T-shaped bit of plastic that is inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. While some forms of the device release hormones to help accomplish this end, IUDs primarily block sperm from reaching an egg cell. One IUD can last a woman anywhere between five and 12 years.
Mirena IUDs received FDA approval to be used for birth control in 2000. Since then, it has also been approved as a means to treat heavy menstrual bleeding for women.
However, their great popularity does not necessarily mean intrauterine devices are safe. Many women have filed lawsuits alleging that their Mirena IUDs have caused them injuries. These lawsuits often assert that the devices can perforate the uterus, causing immense pain and other complications.
The manufacturer of Mirena IUDs, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, is no stranger to controversy. In 2009, the company received a warning from the FDA about overstated or false claims made about its pharmaceutical product. These claims included insinuations that using an IUD can improve a woman’s sex life.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have an obligation to ensure that their products are safe for use and are legally required to only make claims that are objectively true in their marketing. If you have been injured by a pharmaceutical product, you may be able to hold its maker accountable. Contact the personal injury lawyers of Ravid & Associates, P.C., at 866-644-6587 to learn more about your legal options.