Representing Women Injured by ParaGard Arm Breaks
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 arms breaking off and becoming lodged in the affected women’s uteruses. The only way to remove ParaGard after the arm breaks is surgery, which can lead to a number of potential complications.
Defective Medical Devices Attorneys in New York City
Our firm has decades of experience litigating cases involving defective medical devices, including birth control devices, and is investigating claims involving injuries caused by ParaGard IUD arm breaks. Contact us online today by filling out the contact form on this page or by telephone at (888) 260-0473 to speak with a knowledgeable New York defective medical device attorney.
ParaGard: What It Is & What It Does
ParaGard is a small, plastic, T-shaped intrauterine device that is placed in the uterus to provide long-term prevention of pregnancy. ParaGard works to prevent pregnancy until it is removed, which can be done any time up to 12 years after the device is placed. ParaGard 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 caused by the device’s arm breaking.
Injuries as a Result of ParaGard Use
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 six years and five months after it was placed. A sonogram indicated that the arms of the device had become embedded in the woman’s uterine tissue.
ParaGard IUD Defects Lead to Surgical Complications
When the ParaGard IUD arm breaks, the only way to remove the device is through surgery. The woman’s uterus may contract during surgical removal of the device, making the process difficult. In many cases, women may require multiple surgeries to remove pieces of the device. In some cases, full surgical removal of the device may not be possible.
The following is a list of surgical complications women have suffered as a result of ParaGard arm breakages, 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 and curettage treatment
Were You Injured Due to ParaGard Arm Breakage? You May Have a ParaGard Lawsuit.
Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin has successfully litigated cases against manufacturers of defective medical devices, and we are currently speaking with women who were injured as a result of ParaGard IUD arm breakage. Our New York ParaGard lawsuit lawyers can help you if you have been negatively impacted by ParaGard. Our firm has aggressively represented clients in a variety of defective medical device claims and has recovered over $2 billion in medical malpractice, mass tort, personal injury, and product liability cases.
To see if you have a ParaGard lawsuit, please use the contact form on this page to request a free consultation. Alternatively, you may speak with our law firm directly by calling (888) 260-0473.