The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the two-year statute of limitations to file a Mirena lawsuit begins after a patient has sufficient information to associate Mirena side effects with a potential tort, not two years after side effects appear as device manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals had argued. The ruling means that patients who were injured by their Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) have more time to file a lawsuit.
The Mirena IUD is a birth control device used by more than 2 million women in the U.S. The device has been associated with a variety of severe complications, and more than 70,000 women have issued Mirena IUD side effects complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Mirena device has been associated with internal bleeding, severe discomfort, ectopic pregnancy and tissue damage when the device dislodges and migrates through the uterus. Thousands of women have filed Mirena lawsuits alleging that Bayer released a potentially harmful device.