Bayer recently announced that it will no longer sell Essure birth control devices in the U.S. after December 31, 2018. The decision comes just months after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered that the sale of Essure be further restricted due to concerns about the serious health risks to women.
The FDA took this step because of information indicating that women were not being adequately warned about the potential side effects and complications they could face. Bayer posted a notice on its website on July 20, 2018 stating that it would voluntarily stop selling Essure in the U.S. for business reasons. However, the company maintained its opinion that Essure is safe and effective. Those who have been injured by the Essure devices would most likely not agree with that statement, and Essure lawsuits continue to be filed across the country.
How Does Essure Work?
Essure is a small spring-like device made of nickel titanium alloy that is inserted into the fallopian tubes through the cervix. Over the course of several months, scar tissue builds up around the coils creating a physical barrier preventing sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs. This is a quick procedure, and women usually go home 45 minutes after it is completed.
Patients are supposed to go back to the doctor after three months for a confirmation check to make sure the device is working properly to prevent pregnancy. While the makers of Essure marketed the device as safe and convenient, a number of serious problems have been identified in connection with the birth control device, including severe pain, allergic reactions, and even permanent sterility.
Why is Essure Dangerous?
Thousands of women who have been implanted with the Essure device report they have suffered painful and serious complications including ovarian cyst ruptures, fatigue, significant weight loss, bleeding, and chronic pain. Many women have had to get these devices removed because of how they can migrate and rupture vital organs. This process can involve invasive surgical procedures. Furthermore, removing the devices is not always easy because of the way the coils are implanted. The Essure device sometimes has to be removed by a complete hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, resulting in permanent inability to have children. Reports like this have become numerous as more and more women come forward. If you have been injured after using Essure, an experienced Essure lawyer can help.
Contact an Experienced Essure Lawyer
If you or someone you know have suffered serious side effects after using Essure, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Essure lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file an Essure lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.