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Paragard® is a copper intrauterine device (IUD) and one of
the oldest non-hormonal birth control products still sold to women in the U.S.
It was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984,
and it works by releasing copper into the uterus, which helps prevent
The device is marketed as being 99 percent effective at
preventing pregnancy and is supposed to be safe and effective for up to 10
years after implantation. However, many women in Louisiana and across the U.S.
have experienced adverse health effects, including severe complications and
injuries that require surgery to treat.
Side Effects Can Occur from Normal Paragard Usage
The Paragard IUD is linked to multiple types of side
In addition, Paragard can cause more severe complications, including
pelvic inflammatory disease, which is the infection of the uterus or other
reproductive organs. This side effect typically occurs within the first 20 days
after insertion and even if treated, it can lead to more severe complications
such as infertility, chronic pain, and even death.
IUDs Can Break or Be Expelled from the Body
Women who prefer or require non-hormonal birth control may
choose copper IUDs to prevent pregnancy. However, IUDs of this type, including
Paragard, are more likely to be expelled from the body than other types of
implantable birth control. A study
published in March 2017 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
found that 10.2% of women using copper IUDs experienced expulsion of the
devices, which fewer than 5% of women who used Mirena, a hormonal IUD,
In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
received more than 1,600 complaints of Paragard IUDs breaking inside women’s
bodies, including well before their expected device lifespans. When a copper
IUD breaks inside a woman’s body, it can become embedded in uterine tissue,
causing severe complications.
Defective and Damaged Copper IUDs Can be Dangerous
Both the implantation and removal process of copper IUDs
carry risks, but those risks are magnified when the devices are defective or
broken. When Paragard IUDs are partial expelled or break inside the body and
need to be removed, the following complications can occur:
Many women who have suffered copper IUD-related
complications have required extensive medical treatment, including corrective
Weren’t Properly Warned about the Dangers of Paragard IUDs
The Paragard IUD was originally manufactured by Teva
Pharmaceuticals. Lawsuits throughout the country, including Florida and
Pennsylvania, have been filed by against Paragard’s manufacturer for injuries
related to the devices and their failure to warn users about potential risks.
In addition, lawsuits claim that Teva misrepresented the
device as being safe and effective and that the company designed a defective
and dangerous medical device. In 2017, The Cooper Companies purchased the
Paragard IUD from Teva Pharmaceuticals for $1.1 billon.
Here to Help Women Harmed by Paragard IUDs
At Dudley DeBosier, our Baton Rouge defective medical device
lawyers want to help women who suffered complications and injuries after
receiving copper Paragard IUDs get the compensation they deserve. If you or
someone you love experienced a negative outcome due to your IUD, you need money
for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It’s our goal to help you get every penny you’re owed for
Teva Pharmaceuticals’ and The Cooper Companies’ negligence. You’ve been through
enough already. Let us handle your claim, so you can get the peace of mind you
need during this difficult time. And if you can’t come to us due to your
injuries, complications, or illness, we’ll come to you—that’s the Dudley
DeBosier Difference. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Paragard® is a registered
trademark of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and is used here only to identify
the product in question.
Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers is not associated
with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, The Cooper
Companies, the Food and Drug Administration, or the American Journal of Obstetrics &