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More than 300 fetal deaths linked to Essure birth control device

More than 300 fetal deaths and at least five adult deaths have been linked to the nonsurgical, permanent birth control method Essure, according to a private analyst’s review of FDA medical device reports. Madris Tomes, founder and chief executive officer for Device Events, pored through thousands of complaints made to the FDA’s Adverse Events database as part of an FDA safety review on the contraceptive. The agency is expected to decide later this month whether to recommend additional clinical trials or update the safety label of Essure. The FDA review was prompted in part by thousands of reports of adverse ... Read More

Advocacy group rallies women against Essure birth control

ASHES, a nonprofit organized by a group of women raising awareness about medical devices and advocating for those who have been injured by them, are urging women to write the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their Congressmen to revoke the premarket approval (PMA) for the permanent birth control device Essure so that women injured by the contraceptive device can seek compensation for their injuries. Essure was approved by the FDA in 2002 and remains the only nonsurgical permanent birth control method on the market. The device, made by Bayer Healthcare, consists of two nickel alloy coils that are inserted ... Read More

Rep. Fitzpatrick calls for probe into deaths linked to power morcellators

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch a criminal probe into the deaths of women who have undergone gynecological surgeries using power morcellator devices. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with a long, tube-like blade that shreds uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the uterine cavity and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. In April, the FDA issued a warning that power morcellation for hysterectomies and myomectomies can spread undetected uterine cancer, worsening the odds of survival. In November, the FDA ordered black box warnings be placed on the devices ... Read More

Safety concerns surround Essure permanent birth control

“I think if you were to tell men you (were putting) a metal coil in their vas deferens … men probably wouldn’t do it. Like, ‘Are you kidding me? You’re going to put a piece of metal in my testicle?’ But with women, it’s just kind of OK,” Dr. Shawn Tassone told the Dallas Observer, referring to the Essure permanent birth control method, which has come under fire in recent months for side effects that were seemingly brushed aside for years. “We do kind of treat women’s health a little bit on the sly here in the United States,” he added. ... Read More

Essure Problems Facebook group offers advice from doctors

Hundreds of women who have been implanted with the non-surgical, permanent birth control device Essure and suffered problems can only find relief by having the device surgically removed. For those considering Essure removal, the Facebook group Essure Problems has some advice. “For the most up-to-date information we have on Essure removal, please come to our Facebook page, Essure Problems, and go to our file called Essure Removal Information. We add info from our doctors as we get it. We also update the most recent manufacturer information on removal as they change and add to it,” the page administrator offers. Essure ... Read More

Patient advocate takes up fight against medical devices that harm women

Hooman Noorchashm, the Boston doctor who became a patient advocate after a surgical tool caused the worsening of his physician wife Amy Reed’s uterine cancer, has taken up the fight against a contraceptive device blamed for harming women. Noorchashm became an outspoken advocate against power morcellators, surgical tools used to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal). The devices are fitted with a tube-like blade that minces entire uteruses or uterine growths inside the uterine cavity and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. Hysterectomies and myomectomies using power morcellators have been favored over open surgeries by many doctors ... Read More