The Mirena IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) was given FDA approval as a long acting form of birth control and for treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. It is a T-shaped device that is inserted into a woman’s uterus in order to prevent fertilization. In addition, the device also releases a synthetic form of progesterone known as levonorgestrel, to stop a woman from producing and releasing an egg.
Millions of patients suffering from kidney disease rely on dialysis and hemodialysis in order to have toxins removed from their body. Dialysis treatment is critical in keeping patients alive and assisting many who may be awaiting a life-saving kidney transplant. And critically important to this life-saving dialysis process is ensuring that the drug products given to dialysis patients neutralize the acid that builds up in their blood.
Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a type of vascular filter that is implanted in the heart in order to help prevent life threatening pulmonary embolisms and can be removed when they are no longer necessary. According to the FDA, approximately 200,000 of these devices are implanted into patients each year – many of which – were either most likely not medically necessary in the first place or should have been removed when they were no longer necessary.