Possible Side Effects of IUD Devices
Although the ParaGard birth control device is designed to remain in place for up to ten years, Hudson discovered that the IUD had perforated her uterine wall and migrated to the colon just one year after the device was implanted. As a result of the IUD perforation and migration, Hudson experienced severe complications and required surgery to have a portion of her colon removed. According to allegations raised in the lawsuit, Teva failed to adequately warn patients and medical professionals about the risks associated with the ParaGard copper IUD, which is promoted as a safe and effective form of long-acting pregnancy prevention. The suit charges Teva with negligence, failure to warn, misrepresentation, breach of warranty and designing a defective product, and seeks $15 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Safety, Effectiveness of IUD Birth Control Doubted
ParaGard is a copper IUD designed in such a way that a T-shaped plastic frame wrapped with copper wire coils creates an inflammatory reaction in the uterus that is toxic to sperm. Hudson’s complaint comes in the midst of a growing number of lawsuits being filed over another type of IUD birth control, sold by Bayer under the brand name Mirena. Although the Mirena IUD does not include copper (the device is designed to release a type of progestin once it is implanted in the uterus) serious concerns have been raised about the safety and effectiveness of this medical device, after women have reported suffering perforation and migration side effects long after the device was implanted.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Legal Help
According to similar allegations raised in dozens of Mirena IUD lawsuits, Bayer failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about the risk of perforation and migration associated with its product. The complaints allege that if women had been provided more accurate and detailed warnings about the risks associated with these intrauterine devices, many severe side effects could have been avoided. If you received an IUD birth control device and you have since suffered medical complications caused by the device perforating the uterus and migrating to other parts of the body, contact an experienced attorney for legal help. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.