More than 40 Mirena lawsuits have been filed against the contraceptive’s manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. The cases allege that the company failed to warn patients about the increased risks associated with the intra-uterine device (IUD).
Patients have complained of severe Mirena side effects, including pain and ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fetus develops outside of the uterus. Mirena has also been found to have an increased risk of perforating the uterus and migrating to other organs in the body.
The first Mirena trial is scheduled to take place in a South Carolina court in May. Lawyers predict that Bayer will face additional contraceptive lawsuits as patients come forward with injuries from Mirena IUDs.