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Essure birth control lawsuits mount against Bayer

Dozens of women have are suing Bayer and its related companies over injuries they say were caused by the companies’ “defective” permanent birth control Essure. Christy Rios, Kelly Straley, Crystal McManamon, and Michelle McKay are just some of the women who filed a lawsuit on July 25 in Madison County Circuit Court against Bayer Corp., Bayer Healthcare LLC, Bayer Essure Inc., and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. They allege the companies are guilty of breach of duty by manufacturing actual Essure contraceptives that are different from those detailed in federal specifications. The women say that as a result of using Essure they ... Read More

Bayer ordered to collect data on Essure side effects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ordering Bayer to conduct a study aimed at providing insight into the “real world” risks associated with its controversial permanent birth control device Essure. Essure was approved in 2002 and remains the only non-surgical birth control method on the market. It consists of two nickel alloy coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes. Over the course of about three months, scar tissue builds up around the coils and creates a barrier that prevents pregnancy by blocking the sperm’s path to the egg. Essure has been linked to tens of thousands of complications ... Read More

Representative introduces bills to protect women from dangerous medical devices

A bill known as Ariel Grace’s Law, designed to help women who claim they were injured by the permanent birth control device Essure fight back against the manufacturer of the device, was introduced on the House floor this week. This happened just as a second bill, called the Medical Device Guardians Act, was filed, giving physicians a more effective way of reporting problems with medical devices to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both bills were introduced by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, who is helping raise awareness of the need for closer scrutiny of medical devices. He has taken up the fight for ... Read More

Essure blamed for permanent injury and chronic pain

Jessica Smith is bitter. She hoped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would do the right thing and ban the controversial permanent birth control method Essure following the agency’s safety review over injury complaints. Instead, the FDA recommended a black box warning be placed on the contraceptive device. “You had an opportunity to remove Essure from the market. You blew it,” Jessica wrote on the FDA’s website. Jessica, like tens of thousands of other women who have been implanted with Essure, claimed the implant causes women to suffer chronic pain, infections, allergic reactions and autoimmune problems. In some cases, the ... Read More

Women’s Health Week should include reproductive health checkup

May 8-14 is National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and to better understand what steps they can take to improve their health. Recommended steps include getting active, eating healthy, paying attention to mental health, and avoiding unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or texting while driving. The department also recommends that all women see their doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit. For women of childbearing age, that visit should include a conversation with her ... Read More

Essure complications can present years after implantation

Side effects from the controversial birth control method Essure have surfaced almost immediately for some women, but for others, problems arose years later. Essure is the only non-surgical permanent birth control method on the market. It consists of nickel alloy coils that are implanted in each fallopian tube where they create a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. The implants have been associated with thousands of adverse event reports including allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, pain, bleeding and infections. The coils can also migrate and puncture the fallopian tubes or uterine wall and perforate other organs. In February, the ... Read More

Women angry over latest patient death linked to Essure contraceptive

News of another death associated with the controversial birth control method Essure has some women fighting mad. “I just wish that everybody would listen. This is so important – women’s lives, families depend on this,” Darlene Taylor told 7 Investigators. Taylor and Mesha Hodge, both of Michigan, are among dozens of women who have teamed up to try to ban the device to prevent other women from being injured by Essure as they have. Their efforts resulted in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety review. But instead of pulling the contraceptive off the market, the agency opted to place ... Read More

PA judge allows Essure lawsuit to proceed

A federal judge in Philadelphia is allowing a lawsuit filed by five women suing Bayer over injuries caused by the company’s permanent birth control device Essure to proceed. U.S. District Judge John Padova rejected some of the women’s claims but ruled that two were reasonable to stand trial – negligent misrepresentation and negligent failure to warn of the risks. The women claim that the controversial contraceptive device migrated from its intended position in the fallopian tubes and punctured organs. Bayer had asked that the case be dismissed claiming the device was protected under a pre-market approval provision. Essure was approved ... Read More

Bayer disputes fetal death claims linked to Essure birth control device

Bayer Healthcare wasted no time fighting claims made by a U.S. Congressman that the company’s controversial birth control device Essure was linked to 303 fetal deaths. “Ectopic pregnancies and blighted ovum are not considered fetal deaths and can occur for a multitude of reasons not related to Essure,” Bayer said in a statement. “It would be irresponsible to suggest that Essure causes fetal deaths when, after an unsuccessful Essure procedure, an undesired pregnancy cannot be carried to term.” Essure is the only non-surgical permanent birth control method on the market. It consists of two coils that are inserted into the ... Read More

Congressman calls for ban of Essure birth control device

When Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Fitzgerald called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a probe into the safety of the contraceptive device Essure allegedly linked to thousands of adverse events, he never expected he’d be opening a figurative can of worms. This week, Rep. Fitzgerald announced that an investigation into Essure uncovered 303 fetal deaths, a far cry from the five the FDA said it had on file. Essure, made by Bayer Healthcare, was approved by the FDA in 2002 and remains the only non-surgical, permanent birth control method on the market. It consists of two nickel ... Read More