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Women allegedly injured by Essure contraceptive request new MDL

Attorneys representing more than 1,000 women who claim they have been injured by the permanent birth control device Essure have asked a federal judicial panel to create a new multidistrict litigation (MDL) targeting the contraceptive’s manufacturer, Bayer. The motion, filed last week with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, seeks to consolidate before U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 30 Essure lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of more than 1,000 patients. McHugh is currently overseeing three lawsuits involving Bayer’s Essure. Essure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 ... Read More

Essure birth control is convenient but controversial

Essure birth control is the most controversial method of permanent sterilization but it became a standard of care in recent years, particularly for Planned Parenthood, which found that the device could be placed in patients in a non-surgical setting, according to The Center for Innovative GYN Care. Essure, manufactured by Bayer, is made of polyethylene terephthalate fibers that are encased in nickel-titanium and formed into coils. The coils are placed in each of the fallopian tubes during a hysteroscopic procedure. In about three months, the body builds up scar tissue around the coils, which form a barrier that prevents the ... Read More

Woman has hysterectomy two weeks after Essure procedure

Erin Kearns says if she knew the suffering she would endure after being implanted with the permanent birth control device Essure, she would have made other choices in contraception. She says she suffered so much abdominal pain and bleeding following the procedure that two weeks later her doctor performed a hysterectomy. She was just 28. “I wish I had known more about (Essure procedure) before I had it done,” she told Fox6 Now. Kearns wanted a permanent form of birth control. Her doctor told her about Essure. Unlike tubal ligation, Essure would not involve surgery so recovery would be much ... Read More

Proposed bill will clear the way for women who claim they were harmed by Essure birth control to sue Bayer

Kristina Burrell had three children and three stepchildren. She felt her family was more than complete. When discussing birth control options with her gynecologist, she was thrilled to hear about Essure, the only non-surgical permanent birth control method available in the U.S. The procedure didn’t require any incisions or operating rooms, and recovery would be much shorter than if she had opted for tubal ligation, a surgical sterilization method. Essure, made by Bayer, consists of two nickel alloy coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes. Over the course of about three months, the coils build up scar tissue and ... Read More

Ariel Grace’s law aims to give people harmed by medical devices their day in court

On June 8, exactly one year after the death of Ariel Grace, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow citizens claiming they were harmed by certain medical devices the opportunity to sue the manufacturer. Ariel Grace’s law (H.R. 5403) stems from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling (Riegel vs. Medtronic) that protected manufacturers of certain medical devices from litigation. It is named to honor the in utero loss of Ariel Grace, who died at 27-28 weeks gestation due to the failure of a permanent device, Essure. Essure, made by Bayer, was approved in 2002 ... Read More

Testosterone side effects likely to hamper sales

The risk of cardiovascular events has hampered sales of testosterone replacement therapies, and numerous studies providing evidence of adverse events associated with the synthetic hormones are causing many people to look at the products in a negative light. These are just some barriers manufacturers of testosterone treatments face in the near future, an analyst with Transparency Market Research (TMR) predicts. Sales of testosterone replacement therapies have boomed in recent years with new formulations and brands entering the market, each pushing products through heavy direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns. The companies have even coined the phrase “Low T,” and suggested to men that ... Read More

FDA approves updated warning label on diabetes drug Farxiga

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved changes to the safety label of the type 2 diabetes drug Farxiga to include stronger warnings for the risk of acute kidney injury. The update replaces the previous warning for impaired renal function. The warning states that Farxiga causes intravascular volume contradiction, which can lead to renal impairment. The FDA and the drug companies have received post-marketing reports of acute kidney injury, some requiring hospitalization and dialysis, in patients taking Farxiga. Some of the reports involved patients younger than 65. “Before initiating Farxiga, consider factors that may predispose patients to acute kidney ... Read More

Women fight to sue Bayer over Essure side effects

Bayer thought it was protected from personal injury lawsuits involving its permanent contraceptive device Essure, but women who allege they were injured by the birth control method are demanding their day in court. Essure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and remains the only non-surgical permanent birth control device on the market. It consists of two nickel alloy coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes. Over a few weeks, the body builds up scar tissue around the coils, which form a natural barrier preventing the sperm from fertilizing the egg. Essure is intended to ... Read More

Bayer sued by women in US, Canada over Mirena IUD

Dozens of Canadian women have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of the birth control device, the Mirena IUD, alleging they were never properly warned that the devices had been linked to rare but potentially serious side effects. The lawsuits mirror the same complaints made by numerous women in the United States. The Mirena IUD, manufactured by Bayer, is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix, where it delivers a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. It is designed to temporarily prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. While effective, ... Read More

Permanent birth control Essure causing some women permanent pain

After the birth of her second child, Felicia Crossland knew she was finished having children. She opted for the only non-surgical permanent birth control method on the market – Essure. What she didn’t expect is to be left with permanent pain. Essure seemed like a perfect solution. The Texas woman didn’t like the idea of being put under with anesthesia and the recovery time with traditional tubal ligation. Her doctor told her that the contraceptive Essure would not only be permanent, but would offer much shorter recovery. Essure, made by Bayer Healthcare, consists of two nickel alloy coils that are implanted in ... Read More