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Implanon Lawsuits Still in Court One Year After FDA Warning Label Update

Implanon Lawsuits Still in Court One Year After FDA Warning Label Update April 21, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Washington, DC:March 2017 marked the one-year anniversary of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) update of the warning label of the popular implantable birth control device Implanon to include risks of device migration.
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Court Rules Against Collecting Damages for Pregnancy After Birth Control Procedure

Court Rules Against Collecting Damages for Pregnancy After Birth Control Procedure March 23, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Portland, ME The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled recently that a woman who filed an Implanon lawsuit against Merck & Co. and a federally funded health center for a failed birth control procedure with an implantable device may not recover damages for an unplanned pregnancy.
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Implanon Complaints are Not without Precedent

Implanon Complaints are Not without Precedent March 14, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
London, UK: For any plaintiff, or would-be plaintiff considering an Implanon birth control consumer fraud lawsuit, it would be useful to know that complaints against the implantable device (since replaced by Nexplanon) are nothing new. In 2011 The Guardian and Channel 4 News in the UK published a list of complaints that ranged from hundreds of unwanted pregnancies, to thousands of reports detailing adverse reactions.
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Implanon Reviews Could Steer Women Away From the Birth Control Device

Implanon Reviews Could Steer Women Away From the Birth Control Device February 24, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Santa Cruz, CA:Women seeking a long-term birth control solution have probably heard about the implantable birth control device Implanon. However, if they somehow missed the news of Implanon lawsuits and rely on reviews at online health forums, what they find may steer those women away from using Implanon.
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Young Mother Recounts Horrid Experience with Birth Control Implant

Young Mother Recounts Horrid Experience with Birth Control Implant February 15, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Kenilworth, NJ: Her name is Lexi and she’s a young mother with a five-month-old baby who recounts in a YouTube video what turned out to be a horrid experience with Nexplanon birth control. Nexplanon, an implantable birth control device, is essentially the same product as Implanon birth control, only with the addition of barium sulfate to aid in locating the device for removal once the birth control device is depleted, usually after the third year.
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Problems with Implantable Birth Control Removal Known Since 1994

Problems with Implantable Birth Control Removal Known Since 1994 January 27, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: It’s been 10 years since Implanon birth control, the implantable device that lasts up to four years (three years on-label), was given formal approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Twelve years before that, a research paper described the difficulty in extracting the six capsules inherent to a Norplant implantable birth control system. Over the intervening time from 1994 to the present day, a period of 23 years, concern has been raised over such implantable devices, the difficulty involved in device removal and the potential for device migration.
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Implanon Lawsuits Allege Serious Birth Control Side Effects

Implanon Lawsuits Allege Serious Birth Control Side Effects January 13, 2017. By Heidi Turner.

Boston, MA: Women are used to being given a long list of side effects linked to their birth control, so hearing about alleged Implanon side effects is likely nothing new. Some birth control comes with alleged risks such as blood clots, others may increase the chances of pseudotumor cerebri, still others can increase the risk of depression. For its part, Implanon reportedly carries an increased risk of device migration. As a result, Implanon is just the latest birth control to face lawsuits alleging women were put at risk of serious side effects.


Because it is a birth control implant rather than an oral medication, Implanon's alleged side effects are somewhat different from those linked to pills. According to lawsuits filed concerning Implanon, women who have the birth control implant are at an increased risk of having the device migrate, making it irretrievable. This is a problem because some women may use Implanon in the short term but decide to have children later and have the device taken out. Further, Implanon is only meant to be implanted for three years.


If the device cannot be found, it cannot be removed. That puts women not only at a risk of not being able to become pregnant for as long as the device releases progestin in their body, it also means those women could be at a higher risk of side effects linked to the extended exposure to progestin or linked to having a device moving through the body. Among those risks are a reported increased risk of ectopic pregnancy and a risk of vascular damage. Merck's own Implanon documentation notes that implants have been found in blood vessels, "including a blood vessel in the lung."


Other side effects linked to Implanon, according to Merck, are mood swings, weight gain, and depressed mood. The drug maker notes that some women may require surgery to remove the implant, if the implant is not found at the insertion site.


"If the implant is not removed, then the effects of IMPLANON will continue for a longer period of time," the drug label notes.


Merck, maker of Implanon, faces a lawsuit filed by women who allege they were not properly warned about the risks associated with using Implanon. They further allege that Merck and Organon designed and manufactured a defective device, fraudulently misrepresented the birth control implant and breached their warranty.
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Implanon Lawsuits Allege Nightmare Situations for Women

Implanon Lawsuits Allege Nightmare Situations for Women December 19, 2016. By Heidi Turner.

Cleveland, OH: It's a nightmare many women don't anticipate when making a decision concerning birth control—the risk that reversible birth control might suddenly become irreversible. But that's what some women allege has happened after they received the Implanon birth control implant. Plaintiffs in lawsuits filed against the maker of Implanon say the device unexpectedly migrated in their body, making it impossible to remove and possibly rendering them incapable of becoming pregnant.


Implanon is a birth control implant placed under the skin of a woman's upper arm. The implant is designed to prevent pregnancy for around three years, and is intended to be retrievable if women decide in the meantime they would like to become pregnant.


Unfortunately for some women, the decision to remove the implant uncovered a horrifying situation in which the Implanon could not be found and therefore could not be retrieved. This means the women are at increased risk of side effects linked to the device migrating throughout their body, and are at a risk of infertility.


In March 2016, the FDA updated Implanon's label to include the risk of device migration. In some cases, if the device can be found surgery may be needed to retrieve it. According to Merck's Implanon label, implants have reportedly been found in blood vessels, including a blood vessel in the lungs (the pulmonary artery).


"Special procedures, including surgery in the hospital, may be needed to remove the implant," Merck's documents state. "If the implant is not removed, then the effects of IMPLANON will continue for a longer period of time."


Other side effects reportedly associated with the Implanon birth control are pain, irritation or bruising at the insertion site, scarring at the insertion site, infection, and implant breakage.


Lawsuits filed against Merck and Organon allege the companies did not warn women about the risks associated with the devices, including the risk of the device migrating and becoming irretrievable. At least one lawsuit has also been filed alleging wrongful birth, after a woman was implanted with either Implanon or Nexplanon (medical records contradict each other concerning which implant was used).


According to documents filed by the plaintiff, the implant migrated from its original location, a fact that only became apparent after the plaintiff became pregnant. The lawsuit was filed against the maker of the implant and against the doctor who implanted birth control device.
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Trump’s Win Sees Scores of Women Pursuing Longer Lasting Birth Control

Trump’s Win Sees Scores of Women Pursuing Longer Lasting Birth Control November 17, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
White House Station, NJ: While various lawsuits continue to allege Implanon birth control consumer fraud, the pendulum has nonetheless shifted away from allegations of Implanon problems and more solidly towards concern over acquiring the birth control device in the first place.
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Implanon Lawsuits Allege Women At Risk of Side Effects

Implanon Lawsuits Allege Women At Risk of Side Effects November 3, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Columbus, OH: Women have filed Implanon lawsuits alleging problems with the birth control—including migration from implantation site—put them at risk of ongoing Implanon side effects and possible infertility. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an update to the Warnings and Precautions section of the birth control's label, alerting users to the risk of device migration.
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