WHIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bayer, a leader in women's healthcare, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) that extends the duration of use for its market leading intrauterine device (IUD) Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg by one more year, making it available to prevent pregnancy for up to eight years.1
The approval is based on results from a Phase 3 extension trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of Mirena.2
“Now more than ever, it’s important to help ensure that women have the options they need when it comes to contraception needs at various stages of their reproductive life,” stated Yesmean Wahdan, Vice President, U.S. Medical Affairs, Bayer Women’s Healthcare. “A large part of our We’re For Her Mission is helping to ensure education, access, and options. The investment in an 8-year indication will give women who are looking for birth control another option to discuss with their healthcare provider that may meet their needs and personal choice.”
Mirena, the first hormonal IUD to be approved for use in the United States in 2000, was previously approved to prevent pregnancy for up to 7 years by releasing small amounts of progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus. It also is the only FDA-approved IUD to treat heavy periods for up to 5 years3 in women who choose intrauterine contraception and can be used in women if they have previously given birth or not. Mirena is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) and can be removed at any time by a healthcare provider if a woman's plans change.4
About the Mirena Extension Trial
The contraceptive effectiveness of Mirena after five years of use was studied in 362 women (The Mirena Extension Trial) and was well tolerated with no new or unexpected safety findings. This trial demonstrated contraceptive efficacy greater than 99% during years 6-8 of use.5
INDICATIONS FOR MIRENA
Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 8 years. Mirena also treats heavy periods for up to 5 years in women who choose intrauterine contraception.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- If you have a pelvic or genital infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers, don't use Mirena. Less than 1% of users get a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or excessive bleeding after placement, tell your healthcare provider (HCP). If Mirena comes out, call your HCP and avoid intercourse or use non-hormonal back-up birth control (such as condoms or spermicide). Mirena may go into or through the wall of the uterus and cause other problems.
- Pregnancy while using Mirena is uncommon but can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.
- Ovarian cysts may occur but usually disappear.
- Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first 3 to 6 months and remain irregular. Periods over time usually become shorter, lighter, or may stop.
Mirena does not protect against HIV or STIs.
Only you and your HCP can decide if Mirena is right for you. Mirena is available by prescription only.
For important risk and use information about Mirena, please see the accompanying Full Prescribing Information
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1-5 Data on file. Mirena Product Insert.
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