The initial conference for the Mirena IUD lawsuits will open in the District Court for Southern District of New York on May 17, 2013.
In an order issued May 3, Court will consider appointments of the plaintiffs’ attorneys to lead litigation. Counsel will also present suggestions for procedures to develop economic and efficient resolutions to the cases, as well as to work out a schedule for pretrial activities.
Recently, another suit brought by two Louisiana women was transferred to the MDL in New York District Court. The case alleges injuries caused by migration of the IUD, and now joins almost 50 other complaints with similar charges against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the device. The women are seeking damages for physical injury and medical expenses resulting from treatment for defective product.
In 2009, the FDA cited Bayer, stating that the company had misled and/or downplayed possible risks and side-effects of the device. The current lawsuits state that the company should attach a warning to the IUD stating these risks, so that women considering it for contraception will be more informed of the dangers and possible effects.
You can read the FDA’s citation here: FDA Mirena Citation
Our FAQ on the Mirena IUD can be found here: KBL Mirena IUD FAQ