Essure Birth Control Lawsuit Information
Thousands of women who have used Essure permanent birth control implant have filed lawsuits against the device’s manufacturer, Bayer. The device has been linked to uterine and fallopian tube perforation and other serious injuries and has been the subject of numerous FDA safety warnings. Most recently, Bayer has announced that they will discontinue sales of Essure but may expect more lawsuits.
Essure, created by Conceptus Inc. in 1998, was first approved for sale in the U.S. in 2002. The device features two metal coils implanted into a woman’s fallopian tubes during a regular doctor’s visit. Once the coils expand, they cause scar tissue to form which blocks the tubes.
Bayer's decision to discontinue Essure comes just before the release of a damning documentary which focuses on Essure and the questionable FDA approval process. The documentary also questions Bayer's practice paying millions of dollars to doctors, as "consulting fees", who frequently recommended Essure to their patients over other safer and more effective methods of permanent birth control.
You can see the Trailer for the documentary "The Bleeding Edge" from Netflix below as well as Essure news stories and even videos of the actual FDA approval hearing where serious concerns were raised and ignored.
Essure, a birth control implant, was approved in 2002 and was marketed as “non-surgical permanent birth control”. Since that time, about 30,000 serious adverse event reports have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for injuries caused by the device. Thousands of women who used Essure have filed lawsuits against its manufacturer, Bayer, for serious injuries caused by the device.
Over a three-year-period starting in 2002, more than 5,000 women filed complaints with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying they sustained injuries or suffered unwanted pregnancies, still births and miscarriages while using the Essure device.
The number of Essure suits has skyrocketed over the last two years after U.S. regulators forced Bayer officials to beef up warnings about the device’s risks -- including bleeding, pain and organ damage -- and put sales restrictions on the product. Bayer announced July 20 that it would stop selling the implant in the U.S. at the end of the year because of declining sales. The company had already pulled the product from all other countries.
If you have experienced complications after having an Essure IUD implanted, call Langston and Lott, PLLC today to speak with an experienced attorney or complete our online case evaluation form below and let our law firm get to work for you.