Over the past few years, many women have been injured by the Paragard copper intrauterine device (IUD). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of Paragard breakage.
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ParaGard is a small, plastic T-shaped intrauterine device placed in the uterus to provide long-term prevention of pregnancy until it is removed, which is done after twelve years or earlier. It is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The device utilizes copper to induce an inflammatory reaction, thus preventing fertilization and pregnancy. Paragard is inserted through the cervical opening in a process that only takes only a few minutes. The company’s website indicates that it has fewer side effects than other methods of birth control, but does not mention complications that many women have had.
- A lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas by Melissa Arias of Metairie, La. indicates that the FDA received more than 1,600 reports of Paragard plastic arm breakage since 2010.
- A 2015 report to the Medical Product Safety Network (“MedSun”, an adverse event reporting program launched in 2002 by the FDA) indicated that the copper coil was missing from the stem of the IUD.
- A 2014 MedSun report indicated that both arms of the Paragard system were missing when doctors attempted to remove the device 6.5 years after it was placed. A sonogram indicated that the arms of the device had become embedded in the woman’s uterine tissue.
The following is a list based on FDA reports and lawsuit filings, which include hospitalizations, general authorization:
- Loss of reproductive health from forced hysterectomy
- Migration of device/fragments, causing organ perforation and organ damage
- IUD embedded in uterus requiring vaginal or open surgical removal
- Copper wire left in body after device removal, causing inflammation with dilation & curettage treatment
Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin have successfully litigated cases against manufacturers of defective medical devices, and are currently speaking with women injured through the use of Paragard IUD. Our lawyers are investigating Paragard IUD lawsuits and are speaking with women who have been negatively impacted by Paragard. Our firm has aggressively represented clients and has recovered over $2 billion in medical malpractice, mass tort, personal injury, and product liability cases.
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