Lawyer Concerned By Reports On Implanon Injuries

MHRA Receives Calls Over Implant

05.01.2011

A medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell has revealed her concerns about reports that a number of women suffered injuries as a result of using the contraceptive implant Implanon.

The implant is normally inserted just under the skin of the patient’s upper arm and its contraceptive benefits should last for three years. After that it is removed under local anaesthetic.

According to Channel 4 News, figures from the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) revealed it received over 1,600 adverse reaction reports linked to the device, with a number highlighting scarring because of difficulties with the removal of it.

It was also highlighted that nearly £200,000 has been paid out by the NHS to people who either fell pregnant or were injured whilst using the implant.

Jennifer Emerson, Medical Lawyer at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors said, “We have seen cases where patients have had the implant wrongly inserted into the muscle of their arm. They then have to undergo hospital investigations to locate the implant followed by surgery under general anaesthetic to remove it. In some cases they can be left with significant scarring.

“The reports from Channel 4 News have clearly raised concerns about Implanon that undoubtedly need to be addressed as soon as possible by authorities. Both patients and doctors have raised issues relating to the safety and reliability of this contraceptive device and the method of its insertion into the upper arm.

“While Implanon has now been replaced by its manufacturers with Nexplanon, it is clear that the issues caused by the treatment may have had lasting impact on those who have suffered complications.

“It is welcome news that the MHRA have raised this issue with the maker MSD and I hope that steps will be taken to ensure the safety of patients.”

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