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Women who claim to have been injured by birth control device Essure are filing lawsuits against the maker Bayer. Essure lawsuits accuse Bayer of not releasing known complications caused by the birth control device. According to Bayer’s latest report, it faces more than 17,000 lawsuits. The process of selecting bellwether trials in California was underway in October 2018.
The types of cases that have stemmed from Essure lawsuits include, but are not limited to the following:
- Medical Bills
- Surgery/ Removal
- Device Removal Surgery
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Corrective Surgeries
- Punitive Damages
The FDA is aware that some women have received the Essure device without being adequately informed of Essure's risks. The FDA has approved this new safety measure to ensure that the device meets our standards for a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness.
Essure Side Effects
- Abdominal, Pelvic, or Back Pain
- Perforation of the Uterus and/or Fallopian tubes
- Unintended Pregnancy
- Migration of Essure implant
- Weight changes
- Nickel Poisoning
- Hair loss
Essure was developed by Conceptus Inc. and as of 2002 Conceptus Inc. was in acquired by Bayer AG. Bayer AG is now the sole manufacturer of Essure.
- July 28, 2018:Reports surface that Bayer paid doctors millions of dollars to promote Essure.
- July 25, 2018:There are now more than 16,000 lawsuits filed against the manufacturer of Essure.
- July 20, 2018:Bayer announces they will stop selling the Essure birth control device.
- April 9, 2018:The FDA restricts the sale and distribution of Essure birth control devices to protect women and to require that patients receive risk information.
- Sept 19, 2017: Bayer stopsglobal Essure implant sales outside of the U.S. At the same time, Bayer continues to sell the defective Essure birth control device in the U.S.
- June 6, 2017:More than 9,000 women report having the Essure device removed for complications.
As of the end of 2019, Bayer has disclosed that they are fighting over 17,000 lawsuits. This figure is expected to rise to 20,000 by 2020