Paragard IUD Birth Control Lawsuit
Individual lawsuits continue to accumulate against Teva Pharmaceuticals regarding its Paragard IUD product. Plaintiffs allege that the Paragard IUD fractures upon removal, leading to bodily harm.
If you or a loved one had a Paragard IUD birth control implant placed and suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Kishish Law Group now for your free and confidential case evaluation by calling us toll free at 1 (888) 402-5552 or by completing our online contact form.
What is the Paragard IUD?
The Paragard IUD (intrauterine device), manufactured and sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals, is a hormone-free contraceptive that is marketed as 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Paragard was originally approved by the FDA in 1984 and is marketed as long-term (up to a decade) birth control device. Its main selling points are that it’s hormone-free, effective, long-lasting, and supposedly easy to remove.
Typically, Paragard only takes a few minutes to insert at a heath care provider’s office. No surgery is involved. The device prevents pregnancy by releasing small amounts of copper into the uterus, which serves as the contraceptive. The copper is wrapped around small pieces of flexible plastic called the arms which holds the device in place. However, the flexible plastic arms can become brittle over time, and instead of bending to allow removal, they can break apart into several pieces. In the worst cases, they can splinter and become embedded into the uterine wall. This fracturing has happened even when physicians carefully followed instructions for removal of the product. The problem was documented in the medical journal Open Journal of Clinical & Medical Case Reports as early as 2015. That 2015 study said that broken Paragard IUDs, “was not an entirely rare clinical scenario” and that “this complication was likely under reported” and was something physicians need to be hyperaware of when removing this product. Since then, even with this study along with hundreds of reports of breakage to the FDA (see below), Paragard continued to be sold and manufactured without additional warnings by Teva Pharmaceuticals.
What are the claims against Teva Pharmaceuticals?
Woman harmed by the Paragard IUD are now pursuing legal action against Teva Pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to fully test their products and disclose known side effects to the public. Lawsuits filed by Paragard users allege that Teva Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn consumers and their physicians of potential problems related to the removal of the Paragard IUD. They also allege that Teva continued to sell their IUD product despite knowing of their dangers. If you or a loved one suffered injuries with the Paragard IUD, you may be able to participate in these lawsuits.
Filing a lawsuit can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and other kinds of pain and suffering caused by the Paragard IUD. Lawsuits can also help hold pharmaceutical companies responsible when they fail to make sure their products are safe. Contact the Kishish Law Group now for your free and confidential case evaluation related to the Paragard IUD by calling us toll free at 1 (888) 402-5552 or by completing our online contact form.
What are the problems with the Paragard IUD?
Many of the most significant problems with the Paragard IUD occur upon attempting to remove. Reported problems associated with the removal of the Paragard IUD include but are not limited to:
- Pain, cramping, bleeding caused by broken pieces
- Additional hysteroscopic procedures to remove the pieces
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Pain during sex
Example Paragard IUD lawsuits
There are currently at least 55 pending cases across the country against Teva for problems associated with the Paragard IUD. The expectation is that hundreds of more may follow. According to the lawsuit, the FDA has received over 1600 reports of Paragard breakage with 700 of those being classified as serious.
In a November 2020 Paragard lawsuit in Minnesota, the plaintiff alleges that Teva Pharmaceuticals knowingly and deliberately failed to warn her, the public, and medical professionals of the risk of serious injury associated with the Paragard IUD.
The plaintiff chose a Paragard IUD with the intention of conceiving later in life. However, upon removal, the Paragard plastic arm broke and needed to be surgically explanted in various pieces, causing the plaintiff to suffer significant internal injuries. The plaintiff alleges neither she nor her doctor would have chosen Paragard if they were initially informed of the risk. A September 2020 lawsuit in Missouri brought by four women are suing Teva based on claims that the Paragard broke during removal. That lawsuits alleges that Teva should have known Paragard was defective due to the tendency of the plastic arms to break.
Do I have a Paragard IUD case?
Contacting a lawyer is the best way to determine whether you can pursue a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals for their Paragard IUD product. The experienced lawyers and staff at the Kishish Law Group will listen to your story and guide you through your legal options. If you or a loved one had a Paragard IUD that broke or fractured (upon removal or while implanted), you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Kishish Law Group today for your free and confidential case evaluation by calling us toll free at 1 (888) 402-5552 or by completing our online contact form.
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