Essure Birth Control Lawsuit
In August of 2020, Bayer, maker of Essure, announced that it will pay ~$1.6 billion to settle the majority of U.S claims involving its device. Bayer explained that the settlement will cover about 90% of the nearly 39,000 claims filed by women alleging injuries from the Essure device.
This settlement comes after Bayer announced in July of 2018 that it was pulling Essure from the market by the end of the year. The United States is the only country left where the birth control device is still being sold. Earlier this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restricted the product’s sale to doctors who guaranteed they were informing patients about the device’s risks. This was after the FDA had already placed its most severe warning, a black-box warning, on Essure. Since Essure’s approval in 2002, the FDA received nearly 27,000 negative reports related to the birth control device.
FDA Restricts sale and distribution of Essure
In April 2018, the FDA issued a news release regarding the agency’s order to Bayer that the company restrict the sale and distribution of its Essure birth control device. The order came about after the FDA became aware that not all patients were being adequately informed about the risks associated with Essure prior to having the device implanted. Sales of Essure are to be restricted to health care providers and facilities who guarantee they will review the risks with patients. The FDA Commissioner stated that “every single woman receiving this device should fully understand the associated risks.” The agency said it will strictly enforce the order and will seek civil and criminal penalties if it finds Bayer is not abiding by the restrictions.
Potential Essure Risks and Side Effects
Essure is a permanent birth control method for women. One of the early selling points for Essure was that it did not require a surgical incision. Instead, the small metal coils were inserted through the vagina and cervix and into the fallopian tubes. Over a period of time, tissue would develop around the coils which created a barrier to keep sperm from reaching the eggs and preventing conception. However, since its approval, the FDA has received thousands of reports of negative side effects from Essure.
If you or a loved one has the Essure Permanent Birth Control system, please call our firm if you have experienced any of the following:
- Need for a Hysterectomy
- Colon, Intestinal, Fallopian tube or Uterine perforation
- Migration of Essure implant
- Displacement or breakage of Essure implant
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pregnancy resulting in a baby born with birth defects
- Hemorrhaging or uncontrolled bleeding
- Allergic reactions including headaches, migraines, rashes, and hair loss
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Expulsion of Essure
AFFECTED BY ESSURE?
Are You Eligible for an Essure Lawsuit?
The Feeney Law Firm is committed to seeking justice for those affected by Essure. Fighting to keep people safe from corporate greed and self-interest is our passion. We are here to help make that process as simple as possible for you and your family. Call us now at 1-800-473-1068 for a FREE consultation. Don’t wait; your time to file a claim may be limited.