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Lawsuits against Mirena®: Potential impact on public health
Antoinette A. Danvers, Gretchen S. Stuart, Amy G. Bryant
Patient requests for removal of the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (Mirena®) have recently increased in our clinic. Patients report being frightened by television or Internet publicity (e.g., “call 1-800-BAD-DRUG”). These patient requests and reports prompted us to investigate current and past litigation surrounding intrauterine contraception (IUC). Widespread use of IUC may set the stage for another epidemic of lawsuits against this safe and effective contraceptive method. In this commentary, the authors explore the historical and current litigation environment for Mirena®, the impact of the media on women's perceptions of contraceptive devices, and the negative impact inappropriate litigation can have on women's health. Read more>