The continuing spate of lawsuits–123 of them now consolidated into a class action–against Bayer’s abortifacient IUD Mirena continues to have negative reverbations among Big Pharma and its cheering squad on the abortoholic left, such as Klan Parenthood, NARAL and the gals at NAG, inter alia.
They’re gearing up for a trial now, with lawyers for both sides jockeying for position. The likely target date is sometime in late 2015, says a website for the plaintiffs.
They’re looking at:
- What Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals knew about the risks associated with IUDs in general and, specifically, with Mirena;
- Why didn’t the company do a better job of communicating the risks of uterine perforation and migration?;
- What Bayer tried to do to make its IUD as safe as possible;
- Were profits the motive to avoid making the warning more clear.
What they need to add to their shopping list is: did Bayer mislead, hide or otherwise seek to engage in any type of mendacity or misleading statements as to the true mechanism(s) of action of its IUD, known for its high rate of abortifacient efficiency i.e. few babies survive once exposed to Mirena (and all IUDs for that matter)?
- Mirena, which both releases a high dose steroidal progestin as well as mechanically irritate the endometrium, like all IUDs do.
- Implanon: This device is a plastic implant rod containing progestogen etonogestrel which is surgically inserted under the skin of the upper arm
- Depo-Provera or medroxyprogesterone acetate (generic): injectable high dose steroidal progestin that lasts up to three months.
- ParaGard Intrauterine Copper IUD: similar to Mirena but does not release steroidal hormones. It does, however, irritate the endometrium like all IUDs do.