What is Essure?
Essure, a surgical implant intended to create barriers to permanently prevent pregnancy. Essure went on the market in 2002. Essure was developed by Conceptus, but in 2013 Bayer purchased Essure for $1.1 billion.
Investigations into Essure
In April 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation into Essure after 5 women died after having the device implanted (with thousands of other women complaining of pain and other potential symptoms related to the device).
In February 2016, Essure was ordered to put a black box warning by the FDA—the agency’s most serious warning—to Essure’s product label and to create a “three page checklist for doctors to use in discussing potential problems with patients before implantation.”
As of July 2017, more than 750,000 Essure devices had been sold worldwide and sales were “continuing to grow.” However, as of January 30, 2018, more than 16,100 lawsuits had been filed against Bayer on account of its product—Essure. Now, it appears this growth has stagnated (according to a statement released by Bayer). As a result, Bayer has made the decision to halt sales of Essure beginning December 31, 2018.
Side Effects of Essure
Unfortunately, many people have suffered from harsh side effects after having an Essure device implanted into their bodies. According to Consumer Safety, the most common Essure side effects include:
- Fetal death
- Additional surgeries
- Brain fog
- Severe or chronic pain
- Hair loss
- Menstruation problems
- Autoimmune or allergic reactions
- Unintended pregnancy
- Perforation of the uterus, colon, or another organ
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Device breakage, migration or expulsion
Call the Attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP if you are Experiencing Problems with your Essure Implant
If you or someone you know has been hurt or died due to complications with their Essure implant, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP. Feel free to stop by our offices for a face-to-face free and confidential consultation—we are located at 3701 Kirby Dr., Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77098. Otherwise, call us toll-free at 1-800-489-2216 or through our website.