Lawyersandsettlements.com; June 17, 2013
Kelli Baugh was only in her 20s when she faced a total hysterectomy, experienced the rigors of surgically induced menopause, and required daily doses of estrogen. Why? Mirena birth control side effects.
The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is an implanted device designed to provide trouble-free birth control for upwards of five years. First introduced in 2000, the Mirena IUD has been gaining in popularity, not the least of which is due to recent health care changes in the US that provide women access to all forms of birth control, regardless of cost. To date, there are more than two million women in the US currently using the Mirena device.
But there have been growing concerns over Mirena uterine perforation, and the tendency for the device to migrate away from its placement zone over time. Lawsuits continue to be filed, and Kelli Baugh’s may be the first to go to trial. Kelli Baugh v. Bayer Corporation (USDC, District of South Carolina, 4:11-cv-00525) was scheduled for a May 6, 2013 trial date.
Lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the Mirena IUD, have been filed in state court in New Jersey, where Bayer maintains its US headquarters. More than 60 lawsuits against Bayer are currently pending in state court, together with all future Mirena lawsuits filed in the state of New Jersey transferred to state court in Bergen County. The centralization was so ordered by the state Supreme Court, with Judge Brian Martinotti having scheduled a hearing on the case for June 17.
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