The Problem: Though the copper IUD, known as Paragard, has been around for decades, it has recently been the subject of lawsuits that claim that the device can come apart and become dislodged in other organs. These patients believe the manufacturer misrepresents and does not warns of the risks involved with the device.
The Response: Cases are being collected from patients who have received a Paragard IUD insertion and have suffered serious effects, such as perforation, breakage, and complications in removal.
What Can We Do to Help: Our experienced attorneys can review your medical records and advise you if filing a case is in your best interest.
The attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, & Boissoneult are investigating allegations against Teva Pharmaceuticals, the company responsible for the Paragard intra-uterine device (IUD). Paragard is one of five IUD’s that have been approved for use in the United States, but it is the only non-hormonal option. Lawsuits against Paragard allege that women were not sufficiently informed of the possibility of breakage of the IUD and the serious health consequences of breakage. If you or someone you know has used the Paragard IUD and had breakage or migration complications, contact us today. Find out if you can seek compensation for your injuries by completing our free case evaluation.
Women who have chosen the copper device as a form of birth control have claimed that they were not informed that the device has a risk of breaking, migrating, or imbedding into the uterus, often requiring surgery to have the problem treated.
Paragard is considered to be one of the most effective forms of birth control as well as emergency contraception, and it can remain inserted for about 12 years. However, warnings were not given to women of the risk of breakage and serious health complications.
Lawsuits against the drug company thus far have claimed that Teva Pharmaceuticals does not note device breakage as a possible side effect, and therefore they were not properly informed of the possibility. The current information lists breakage as a “post marketing adverse event” but does not state the chance or frequency of the problem. Studies have been conducted in order to assess the risk, and researchers concluded that, “though the safe and effective use of IUD contraception has been demonstrated in the United States, the possibility of its breakage should be recognized by clinicians.”
Paragard is not the only IUD device facing legal issues. Bayer received thousands of lawsuits from women who had claimed that their Mirena IUD has a similar risk of migrating and perforating organs, requiring similar surgery and treatment to Paragard complications. The court ruled in the patients’ favor, and Bayer awarded $12.2 million for the 4,600 claims filed against them.
Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Paragard IUD are still being filed, and cases are still being collected. If you have suffered from side effects including perforation, imbedding, breakage, or migration upon insertion of the device, you may be entitled to compensation from the company responsible. If you believe you were uninformed of such risks upon reviewing your records and history with the device, please contact our firm at 1-800-Gallon1 (1-800-425-5661) or fill out a free case evaluation form. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.