FDA Announces Restrictions, Increased Guidelines for Popular Birth Control Implant
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to help women who were harmed by Essure® birth control implants. The implants are linked to a variety of health problems and conditions, including:
- Intracranial hypertension
- Uterine and fallopian tube punctures
- Movement and breakage inside the body
- Allergic reactions
- Development of lupus and other autoimmune diseases
Early last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would begin taking additional steps to protect women from the dangers associated with Essure. Moving forward, women will only be able to obtain the implant by sitting down with their doctors, discussing its risks, and signing documents that indicate they’re aware of and understand the hazards associated with the device.
Since it was released in 2002, thousands of women have reported dangerous complications associated with its usage and implantation in their bodies. The FDA has received more than 25,000 adverse reports of Essure implantation, with 12,000 coming in 2017 alone.
In addition, more than 300 fetal deaths may have been caused by failed Essure implants as of 2016, per an independent study.
If you or someone you love was hurt by Essure or other birth control implants, it’s important that you get an experienced legal team on your side right away. You deserve compensation, but it can be uphill battle to win if you don’t have the right advocate. Call us today for a free consultation.