Paragard is a small, T-shaped plastic intrauterine device (IUD) that is implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Unlike other IUDs, it’s coated with copper instead of the hormone levonorgestrel, making it the only non-hormonal IUD available.
The manufacturers, Teva Pharmaceutical/Cooper Surgical, claim it can be easily removed with a nonsurgical procedure during a routine office visit.
However, reports indicate Paragard can break upon removal, causing serious injury and the need for surgery. Patients have reported a number of complications, including:
The FDA’s Adverse Events Reporting System, which tracks patient side effects, shows nearly 3,200 Paragard breakages and over 100 hospitalizations since just 2013.
Now, lawyers are helping those injured by Paragard file lawsuits since the company failed to warn of the dangers and misled patients about its safety.
Latest Information on Paragard IUD Litigation
So far, Teva Pharmaceuticals has not issued a recall of the Paragard IUD for breakage issues and the device is still on the market.
In April 2014, the company recalled two lots of Paragard devices due to concerns over whether they were sterile, but did not address the growing number of FDA reports about breakage or organ perforation.
Fortunately, courts have ruled that those injured by Paragard may file claims for their damages. Lawsuits allege the device has design defects, and the manufacturer failed to properly warn of the dangers of serious injury and need for surgery from breakage.
Consumer advocates hope the increased publicity over Paragard dangers will help minimize injury to future IUD patients.
If you or a loved one have suffered a broken Paragard IUD resulting in migration, tissue perforation or needing surgery, it’s important to have your case examined by a legal expert to see if you have the right to recover damages.
Our qualified medical device injury lawyers will fully investigate your case, reviewing medical records, safety warnings and recent studies that your doctor may not normally discuss.
Most states allow you several years to file a lawsuit after you suffer an injury or discover it may be linked to a dangerous product. However, you should begin the process as early as possible to make sure your lawyer has time to get necessary records and prepare your case.
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