Pennsylvania woman files Mirena lawsuit against Bayer

by Heygood Orr and Pearson

A Pennsylvania woman who suffered complications from a Mirena IUD has filed a federal lawsuit against Bayer, the manufacturer of the birth control device. Tricia Prendergast says in her Mirena lawsuit that she was forced to undergo surgery to remove the IUD from her body as a result of the side effects she suffered from the device.

Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device that was approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000. Mirena uses a synthetic version of the hormone progestin known as levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. After it is placed in the body by a physician, a Mirena birth control device can be left in place for up to five years.

Prendergast alleges that Bayer failed to properly warn Mirena users of the dangers they may face from using the IUD. She also alleges that Bayer failed to sufficiently warn about the risk of pregnancy complications that can be caused by the IUD. According to warnings by the FDA and Health Canada, women who use Mirena may face an increased risk of infections, adhesions, infertility, migration of the IUD inside the body, perforation of the uterus, organ or blood vessel damage, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Women who become pregnant while taking Mirena may also face a risk of ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

The FDA has not announced any current plans to issue a Mirena recall despite the agency’s warnings about the side effects of the device. Several women besides Prendergast have also filed Mirena lawsuits against Bayer after suffering injuries from the IUD.