Across the United States, millions of women rely on IUDs (intrauterine devices) as a means of preventative birth control. While many of these FDA-approved contraceptive devices are available, one in particular, the Paragard IUD, has drawn thousands of complaints from women claiming that the device breaks and causes injuries.
As of July 2021, over 3,200 women have claimed that the Paragard IUD is defective after the device fractured into pieces during removal which left pieces of the device inside their bodies. Injuries resulting from retained pieces can lead to serious or life-threatening complications including infection, sepsis, scarring, difficulty or impossibility of becoming pregnant, and even death. Often surgery is required in the attempt to remove the fractured pieces.
It has been reported that the makers of Paragard, Teva Pharmaceuticals, were aware of the defect as early as 2013 but took no action. It was not until 2019 that Teva simply added a warning to the Paragard IUD label confirming “breakage of a Paragard during non-surgical removal has occurred.” This warning does nothing to address the ongoing issues of women who have had the device implanted. There have been many calls asking the FDA to step in and investigate but so far the FDA has not required any additional testing or action despite the number of injuries that have occurred and that continue to be reported.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered complications due to a defective Paragard IUD, an attorney experienced in handling IUD cases against negligent manufacturers should review your case. Cellino Law has decades of experience in prior IUD litigation and has successfully obtained compensation for thousands of women injured by defective medical devices. Contact us today to see how we can help you.
Sources: https://www.legalexaminer.com/health/medical-devices/paragard-iud/paragard-iud-injuries-lead-to-lawsuits-across-the-u-s/, https://www.lawsuit-information-center.com/paragard-iud-problems.html