Three women have filed a lawsuit against Bayer claiming the company continued to market its permanent birth control device Essure despite racking up more than 16,000 customer complaints.
Essure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and remains the only non-surgical permanent birth control method on the market. It consists of two nickel alloy coils that are implanted in each of the fallopian tubes where, in time, they build up scar tissue that prevents pregnancy by creating a barrier between the sperm and the egg.
Christina Barreros, Maria Johnson and Jaqueline Davis claim that they were among the thousands of women who suffered injuries from Essure, including severe bleeding, cramping, and persistent abdominal and pelvic pain.
Essure has also been found to migrate from its intended position in the fallopian tubes and puncture organs including the bowel and the uterine wall. Some women, like Barreros, had to undergo a total vaginal hysterectomy to remove the device and stop her suffering from symptoms.
The complaints over the Bayer device have become more amplified in recent months, leading the FDA to conduct a safety review. The agency is recommending a black box warning be placed on the device and for Bayer to collect long-term Essure side effects data.
Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of women who suffered injuries with the Essure birth control device.
Source: Courthouse News Service