At least 35 doctors in the U.S. have been implanted black market or unapproved intrauterine devices in women from 2009 through 2013, according to an analysis published by the Partnership for Safe Medicines. The doctors also defrauded Medicare for more than $1 million when they billed the government for genuine devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Some of the companies selling the birth control devices even advertised how to insert them using cartoons on YouTube. The faulty IUDs could cause severe side effects, a concern prevalent in FDA-approved devices as well, including the Mirena IUD.
Thousands of women have filed Mirena IUD complaints with the FDA, alleging that the device caused severe side effects. Mirena IUD complications include pain, bleeding, organ perforation and ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fetus develops outside of the uterus.