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Alabama Supreme Court rules brand name manufacturers could be liable for generic drugs

October 3rd, 2014

Brand name drug companies could be held liable for patients who were injured by their generic drug counterpart, according to a new Alabama Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled 6-3 that companies are responsible for disclosing potential risks for their brand name drugs and devices, and failure to do so could make them liable in cases where a patient is… read more »

Mirena IUD could lead to increased risk of breast cancer in women

August 25th, 2014

A new study published in the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology has found that the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) could lead to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Mirena is a birth control device that emits an artificial hormone called levonorgestrel, which is intended to regulate ovulation. The study involved more than 93,000 Finnish women aged 30 to 49, all… read more »

In Canada, at least one Mirena uterine perforation per week

July 8th, 2014

Women in Canada reported roughly one uterine perforation per week due to the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) for 2013. Manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals is now facing several Mirena lawsuits alleging that the device has caused serious injuries after perforating the uterus and migrating to other parts of the body.… read more »

Intrauterine devices could be used in constitutionally questionable procedure

May 20th, 2014

Intrauterine devices (IUD) such as the Mirena IUD could be used in the procedure of sterilizing mentally handicapped women, a practice many lawyers are calling unconstitutional. A 29 year-old girl in California would have been given an IUD for birth control without her consent, had her mother not opted for a different procedure after determining the device was unsafe for… read more »

New IUD aims to fix Mirena problems

April 29th, 2014

A new intrauterine device (IUD) called “Jaydess” aims to correct problems with the Mirena IUD, which has been the focus of increasing scrutiny. The Jaydess device is smaller, releases less hormone, is used for fewer years and has a lower incidence of ovarian cysts compared to the Mirena IUD.… read more »

Mirena IUD could be cause of potentially fatal sepsis

April 3rd, 2014

The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) could cause a potentially fatal infection known as sepsis. Sepsis occurs when a uterine infection travels through the bloodstream. Around 250,000 women die every year from fatal sepsis infections.… read more »

African health minister introduces new contraceptive alternative to IUDs

March 19th, 2014

African health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has introduced a new contraceptive implant called Implanon to combat pregnancy and give patients an alternative to pills or intrauterine devices (IUDs). Implanon is inserted into the upper arm and lasts for three years, whereas IUDs such as the Mirena IUD are inserted into the uterus through the vagina.… read more »

Hundreds of women may have received black market IUDs

February 26th, 2014

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).… read more »

Company paying $100 M to resolve intrauterine device product liability lawsuits

February 18th, 2014

Merck & Company will pay $100 million to settle all product liability lawsuits against its intrauterine device (IUD), NuvaRing. The settlement will cover about 3,800 patients who received the birth control device and suffered side effects because of it.… read more »

South Dakota woman files Mirena lawsuit

January 15th, 2014

A South Dakota woman has filed a Mirena IUD side effects lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the device’s manufacturer. Nicole Hemme claims she had to have the birth control device removed in 2010 when it migrated to her pelvis.… read more »

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