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December 8, 2020 — The number of women alleging that their Paragard IUDs broke off inside of them during their removal is not slowing, but rather increasing at an alarming rate.  Those affected by the allegedly defective IUDs claim that Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer, failed to warn both them and their doctors about the risk of the IUD breaking during its removal. 

The T-shaped arms of the device are claimed to become hard and brittle over time instead of maintaining their flexibility, becoming prone to snapping off when a doctor pulls out the IUD according to Teva’s instructions.  Because of the fragments left inside of the women, many have sustained injuries and have been forced to undergo additional procedures to retrieve the parts according to lawsuits.  In some cases, the additional procedures caused injuries as well.

In the pending case of a Minnesota plaintiff, she had her Paragard implanted in July 2017 because “she wanted a form of birth control that was reversible and would allow her to conceive in the future,” New York Injury Law News reported, citing her lawsuit. When her doctor removed the IUD in November 2018, however, she claims that “the Paragard broke apart and had to be removed in various pieces,” causing the woman “significant bodily injuries,” an outcome that she claims neither she nor her doctor had been warned was a risk.

There are currently 55 cases pending nationwide against the Paragard IUD manufacturers, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, with hundreds more anticipated to be filed in coming months, Law News reported.

Reference: Frishberg, Hannah. “Paragard Iuds Break Apart and Cause Infection, Infertility: Suit.” New York Post, New York Post, 8 Dec. 2020, nypost.com/2020/12/08/paragard-iuds-break-apart-cause-infection-infertility-suit/

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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