Consumers Urge FDA to Pull Contraceptive Device Essure
Recently, a group of women spoke out in front of an FDA panel to demand recall of the controversial Essure contraceptive implant. More than a dozen women who had received the Essure birth control implant urged health care regulators to pull the device, citing a host of serious symptoms, including severe pain, weight gain and irregular bleeding.
The Essure implant entered the market more than a decade ago and is commonly recommended by physicians seeking a non-surgical option for permanent birth control. Bayer, the product's manufacturer, estimates that some 750,000 women have received the implant since the product's introduction in 2002.
Women Report Severe Pain and Bleeding Due to Essure
Starting in at least 2013, the Food and Drug Administration began to receive thousands of complaints about Essure from women and their doctors. While the Essure device comes with warnings concerning pelvic pain and bleeding in the immediate aftermath of implantation, many women report that these problems persisted and were so intense that the device had to be surgically removed.
Now, the FDA is reconsidering the device's safety and effectiveness. One Essure user reported daily pain that started with the insertion of the device, which negatively impacted her marriage and life. Essure is inserted into the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy and is accompanied by several warnings. Such warnings include the risk of the device slipping out of position and puncturing the uterus.
Thousands of women are reporting a host of symptoms that are not listed in the warnings, including headaches, chronic pain, hair loss, irregular bleeding, mood disorders and more. The FDA is now pouring over this evidence and will make a recommendation as to whether the use of the product should be restricted. The FDA faces a challenging decision as the device has been deemed safe in short term testing, but the experience of many real world users seems to differ.
Contact an Attorney If You Have Been Injured by Essure
If you are an Essure user and have suffered serious side effects or required surgery to have the device removed, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will evaluate your potential case and determine whether you have a viable cause of action against the maker of Essure. You could be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more linked to the dangerous device.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If you are an Essure user and believe you have suffered injuries as a result of this controversial contraceptive device, contact the Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured due to negligence in the medical field across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 30 years of experience to your medical malpractice or defective product case, providing you with the compassionate representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.