Essure Birth Control Lawsuits
Essure is a permanent birth control implant manufactured by Bayer. An alternative to traditional “tube tying” tubal ligation surgeries, the Essure birth control device consists of two metal coils inserted into each fallopian tube during a quick, non-invasive procedure. Scar tissue forms in the fallopian tubes after Essure is in place, blocking sperm and preventing fertilization. More than half a million U.S. women have received Essure since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002.
Thousands of women with Essure implants have reported serious side effects, including idiopathic intracranial hypertension/pseudotumor cerebri, and may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love used Essure and suffered an allergic reaction or required a hysterectomy or abdominal surgery due to pain, inflammation, device movement (sometimes called migration), or perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes, contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough. Our attorneys have more than 35 years of experience helping medical device injury victims, and we want to protect your rights. Call (800) 210-8503 or complete our free initial consultation form to get started now.
Essure Device Side Effects Can Lead to Hysterectomy
Complications reported by women with Essure implants include:
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension/pseudotumor cerebri
- Puncturing of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or other organs
- Movement of the device within the body
- Breakage of the device within the body
- Allergic reactions to nickel used in the implants
- Development of lupus and certain other autoimmune diseases
Because Essure is considered a permanent birth control method, surgery is required to remove it from the body. Many women who experience severe side effects from Essure must undergo painful and invasive hysterectomies, partial hysterectomies, or other types of abdominal surgery to seek relief from their symptoms.
Bayer Pulls Essure from U.S. Market
In July 2018, Bayer announced that it would discontinue sales of Essure in the United States by the end of the year. The New York Times reported one potential reason for this decision: as of mid-April 2018, there were about 16,800 plaintiffs who had filed Essure injury claims against Bayer throughout the United States.
In response to the news from Bayer, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner, stated that the FDA would continue to follow reports of complications linked to the device, as well as reports of removal surgeries.
FDA Restricted Sale of Essure Before Bayer Took Action
In February 2016, the FDA announced that Bayer must conduct a new mandatory clinical study to evaluate the risks Essure may pose to patients. In conjunction with the study, the FDA also announced its intention to require Essure packaging to feature a black box warning—the strictest warning prescription drugs and medical devices can carry.
Despite Essure’s black box warning, some women who received the implant remained unaware of the extent of its risks. In April 2018, the FDA announced a restriction on the sale and distribution of Essure to only healthcare providers who review the FDA-approved Patient-Doctor Discussion Checklist with their patients. This document, which is signed by the patient, ensures that both benefits and risks of Essure are discussed with the patient.
Get Help With Your Essure Lawsuit
You’re not alone if you or a loved one suffered an allergic reaction or required surgery due to injuries or complications resulting from Essure. Our defective medical device attorneys take pride in forcing negligent medical companies to play fair, and we’re here to help you get the maximum possible compensation for your claim. Don’t let a corporation put its profits over your safety. Our 24/7 staff is available to help anytime—dial (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form now.
Essure® is a registered trademark of Bayer and is used here only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Bayer or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.