A new Texas lawsuit is alleging that removal of the Paragard Intrauterine Device (IUD) can result in the device disintegrating, resulting in serious injury. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the device can break into fragments, which can become embedded in the uterus.
The Paragard IUD is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals and is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to ten years. It is the only copper-releasing IUD approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that nine years into her use of the device, she began experiencing pain, urinary tract infections, and other symptoms. After her doctors determined that the device had fractured, the plaintiff underwent four surgeries to remove the device's fragments. Because those surgeries were unsuccessful in removing all of the fragments, she also underwent a total hysterectomy and a procedure to remove both Fallopian tubes.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff is alleging that the Paragard IUD's warning label should have cautioned physicians and patients about the possibility of the device disintegrating upon removal. At the very least, the plaintiff argues, the label should have advised physicians to monitor the device on a regular basis to minimize these risks.