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Mirena Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Canada Over IUD Problems

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A class action lawsuit has been brought on behalf of Canadian women who have suffered problems with a Mirena IUD, where the implanted birth control device perforated the uterus and migrated out of position.

The complaint was filed against Bayer last month in Nova Scotia Supreme Court by Amy Tudor, who alleges that she became pregnant after her Mirena IUD moved out of position.

Tudor indicates that she had the Mirena IUD implanted in December 2010, to provide long-term birth control for up to five years. However, in November 2012, Tudor discovered she had become pregnant while Mirena was implanted, and a ultrasound confirmed that the IUD had moved into the lower area of her cervix. As a result of the complications, Tudor indicates that she will have to undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove the Mirena IUD.

The Mirena lawsuit seeks class action status to include all Canadians who have suffered perforation of their uterine wall as a result of migration of the product. According to a report by Halifax Chronicle Herald, lawyers involved in the complaint indicate that the number of women in Canada impacted could “run into the thousands.”

Allegations raised in the Mirena IUD class action lawsuit mirror claims raised in dozens of complaints filed by women throughout the United States, which argue that Bayer failed to adequately warn about the risk of perforations and migrations that may occur long after the birth control device is implanted, which can cause damage to internal organs, infections and leave women unprotected against the risk of pregnancy.

In the U.S. federal court system, more than 50 product liability lawsuits over Mirena have been centralized for coordinated pretrial proceedings as part of a Mirena MDL, or multidistrict litigation. It is ultimately expected that hundreds, if not thousands, of cases will be filed over the coming months.

As part of the consolidated litigation, lawsuits filed in U.S. District Courts throughout the country will be transferred to the Southern District of New York for pretrial proceedings and any early bellwether trials. While the cases are handled in a coordinated manner similar to how a class action lawsuit over Mirena would proceed, each lawsuit transferred into the MDL remains an individual lawsuit in the United States.

If a Mirena settlement agreement or other resolution for the litigation is not reached following pretrial proceedings, each case may be remanded back to the U.S. District Court where it was originally filed for a separate trial.

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3 comments

  1. Roxane Reply

    I had a similar experience with the Mirena, and had to have laparoscopic surgery to have it removed also. While it was in I had horrible pain and sexual intercourse was extremely painful and several time my husband stated that he could feel it during intercourse. My menstruation lasted for weeks sometimes and I had to take pain medication during these periods cause the pain was so bad worse than my csection with my son.

  2. Cori Reply

    I had mirena in March 2012. I soon developed symptoms of depression,insomnia, hair loss,bleeding for 5mths straight then every 2 wks I had a 14 day period. Abdominal pain.pain with sex,bad headaches,dizziness ,fainting,loss of apitite then a massive need to eat. Dec 2012 I could no longer work put on meds for a list of mental issues and prolonged hi blood pressure. I became suicidal as I could no longer cope. Finally got obgyn to remove it in sep 2013, periods went back to once a month for 5 days but my focus and concentration and memory is not fully back. I can\\\’t return to work as a nurse as im a risk to the patients safety. Now Jan 2014 dr have found a bunch of tumers in and around my uterus further tests to be done for more details. I know in my hart that all that I\\\’ve been through is because of the mirena IUD. My life is ruined because of it. I would like to know if anything can be done.
    Cori

  3. Sherril Reply

    I had the Mirena IUD installed in 2010 by my doctor to stop heavy menstrual bleeding (was in my later 40’s). Roughly 3 years after I had the IUD installed, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. There was absolutely no family history. I have always been convinced that there was a correlation between the two.

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