Chelsea Dawn McClune was implanted with the Mirena birth control device in February 2013. She had follow-up exams that indicated the procedure was correctly placed and all was well. But five months later, McClune went to the emergency room complaining of severe abdominal pain. The Mirena had pierced her uterus and was embedded close to the uterosacral ligament, involving her fallopian tube, according to the complaint. She had the Mirena removed the next day.
According to the lawsuit, “Plaintiff suffered severe and permanent physical injuries, and has endured substantial pain and suffering...She has incurred significant expenses for medical care and treatment, and will continue to incur such expenses in the future.”
Further, the lawsuit alleges that Bayer has a history of “overstating the efficacy of Mirena while understating the potential safety concerns,” citing the following instances:
• In March 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned of a lack of clear communication regarding the IUD’s risks and overestimating its potential benefits.
• In December 2009, HHS contacted Bayer about its “Mirena Simple Style Statements Program,” aimed at “busy moms,” which made unsubstantiated claims including that the IUD could increase intimacy and romance, and improve appearance and mood.
The case is: Chelsea Dawn McClune vs. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Case 2:15-cv-03874-SDW-SCM).
This lawsuit is one of more than 3,000 Mirena lawsuits filed over the past few years. Complaints charge that the Mirena IUD can cause organ perforations and other severe complications, about which both doctors and patients have not been sufficiently warned.
Tiffany registered a similar complaint with LawyersandSettlements. “I had the Mirena implanted and it migrated outside my uterus,” she said. “After a CT Scan at the emergency room, I immediately had surgery to remove the IUD. That was more than a year ago and I have been suffering from stomach and bowel problems ever since.”
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“After several x-rays, the missing Mirena was found - sitting near my left iliac crest.”(The iliac crest is the curved ridge at the top of the pelvic bone.)
Both women are concerned that the Mirena has caused permanent damage. Chelsea Dawn McClune’s claim states that “Plaintiff has suffered and will continue to suffer economic loss, and has otherwise been physically, emotionally and economically injured. Plaintiff’s injuries and damages are permanent and will continue into the future.”