Merck Faces Implanon Migration Class Action Lawsuit
A birth control lawsuit has been filed against Merck and it’s subsidiary Organon, over allegations that its Implanon birth control device migrates through the body, becoming irretrievable and exposing women who have had the device implanted to a continuing risk of potential side effects.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2006, Implanon is a small, toothpick sized implant that is placed just under the skin in a woman’s upper arm. It is designed to release the progestin etonogestrel to prevent pregnancy over a three-year period. An estimated 500,000 American women have had the birth control implant inserted.
In 2011, officials in the UK reported that nearly 600 women had indicated that they got pregnant even with the birth control device. Similar concerns have been raised in the US by women who have undergone the implant.
The Implanon class action lawsuit is brought by Brook Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, Julie Reynolds, Jenni Akins, Major Akins and Ruby Ginns.
Brook Reynolds and her parents joined the lawsuit after Brook received an Implanon implant in her left arm in May 2012. In July 2014, when she went to have it removed, her physician was unable to locate it. To date, the device has still not been located in Brook’s body and is therefore irretrievable, putting her at unavoidable risk for health side effects connected with the device roaming through her body, including ectopic pregnancy and vascular damage.
Similarly, Ruby Ginns and Jenni Akins who had implants inserted in 2012, outline virtually identical stories to those of Brook Reynolds.
According to the complaint, the women and their family members claim that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn that the devices could migrate and become irretrievable.
Specifically, the complaint asserts that Merck and Organon manufactured and designed a defective medical device, failure to warn, strict liability, negligence, fraud by concealment, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of warranty, infliction of emotional distress, and loss of consortium. The lawsuit seeks both punitive and compensatory damages. Merck Faces Implanon Migration Class Action Lawsuit Over Migration Injury Pending Against Against
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