The FDA is tracking an increasing number of adverse events associated with the use of CooperSurgical’s Paragard intrauterine device (IUD). As reports mount, more people are taking legal action for injuries allegedly connected to the use and failure of the device.

The Paragard T is a non-hormonal IUD that is implanted within the patient. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege that the Paragard T’s plastic arms are not sufficiently flexible and are prone to breaking. When the device breaks, shards of plastic remain in the patient’s body, leading to injury and revision surgeries to retrieve the wayward pieces of the IUD. In addition to pain and discomfort, plaintiffs report uterine perforation and permanent injury as a result of the allegedly faulty device. For this reason, lawsuits alleging failure to warn, defective design, and negligence have been filed against CooperSurgical and the original manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Forbes reports

While these cases have been ongoing for years, one factor in favor of the plaintiffs lies in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). This publicly available resource tracks all defects and adverse events that the FDA receives from consumers and their healthcare providers. In the last 10 years, there have been over 38,000 Paragard injury or adverse event reports to the FDA. Of the reports in the system, 30,153 reports related to the Paragard IUD being expelled, dislocated, or broken. Additionally, more than 9,000 reports have been made claiming a defect or injury that occurred during the implantation or removal process. 

If you have been injured by a defective device or drug, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact MedTruth today for a free consultation and begin your journey to justice.