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What They Knew, When They Knew It

Essure Birth Control and Serious Injuries

Kids are a blessing but they are also a lot of work. Maybe your family is complete and you were looking for a way to prevent additional pregnancies. Or it could be that you have a fulfilling career and homelife and motherhood just isn’t for you. There are many reasons why women have looked to Essure birth control to prevent pregnancies, but now they need to be aware of the serious injuries that are being reported after using this potentially harmful medical device that was voluntarily recalled by Bayer in July 2018.

What They Knew

Essure birth control was put on the market by Bayer in 2002. One of the problems with this medical device is that it’s 55% nickel which causes an allergic reaction in approximately 20% of women. This allergic reaction triggers the immune system and presents like an autoimmune disease with rashes or eczema, chronic pain, brain fog, muscle weakness, hair loss and more. An additional problem is that Essure can break and migrate causing perforations to other tissues and organs causing pain and bleeding. Furthermore, there have been approximately 631 pregnancies and 294 miscarriages or stillbirths after using this product which proves that this device isn’t foolproof. Four deaths have also been reported that are being linked to the adverse effects of an Essure implant.

When The Knew It

Clearly Bayer knew their product was made out of nickel from the beginning and that this metal posed the potential for adverse immune reactions in the body. In 2012, a group of women demanded a meeting with the FDA to share their painful stories of how Essure robbed them of their health. In September 2015, a special hearing was conducted by the FDA who listened to the testimonies of 22 women describing how Essure complications affected their relationships, sex lives and everyday health. In February 2016, the FDA required that Bayer put a black box warning (the highest warning available) onto Essure and also now requires that doctors review a patient checklist which includes potential side effects and outcomes. Nevertheless, Bayer knew from the beginning that a large percentage of women were allergic to nickel and never warned or suggested testing to avoid these harmful results. Additionally, for over five years the FDA and Bayer knew that Essure was harming thousands of women and failed to warn others of the potential for pain, future surgeries and other complications.

What Can You Do?

Currently, more than 5,200 women have petitioned to sue Bayer because of the pain and suffering they endured due to Essure implants. If you are like these women, you may be able to make a claim against Bayer if after having an Essure medical device inserted you:

  • experienced a perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • had your device migrate putting your health at risk
  • had an unintended pregnancy
  • endured hospitalization as the result of an allergic reaction to nickel
  • had surgery to remove your Essure device – including a hysterectomy – or have a surgery scheduled to remove this device

Bayer continues to claim that this device is safe and that its market removal was due to low sales, but clearly Essure puts women’s lives and their future at risk. Sales were potentially low because of the number of studies that showed the ineffectiveness of Essure and the likelihood of additional surgeries due to complications.

It’s time that we speak out and hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for their carelessness and the painful injuries that they are causing in countless women. You’ve undoubtedly suffered and may have high medical bills or have been unable to work and you lost needed wages. Please contact us today to see if you are able to get the financial compensation that is owed to you.

 

Essure Warnings In The News

BREAKING (7/27/18): CNN Exclusive: Bayer paid doctors millions for questionable birth control device

When Christina Potts was looking for permanent birth control, she said, her doctor was a “cheerleader” for one option and one option only: Essure.

Potts says the device, which is implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes to block sperm from reaching an egg, left her in terrible pain and extremely fatigued. It was so bad that she had a hysterectomy, removing her uterus and tubes to get rid of Essure.

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BREAKING (7/21/18): Essure Birth Control Pulled From U.S. Market

Bayer announced that by the end of this year, they will be no longer selling Essure birth control to the U.S. market. Bayer sites that the reason for this decision was, “based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion that the Essure business is no longer sustainable.” However, there has been much concern over the safety and effectiveness of this medical device causing the U.S. to be the last country where this product was sold.

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BREAKING (7/20/18): Sales of Essure birth control implant halted by Bayer; U.S. was last to sell controversial device

Pharmaceutical giant Bayer said Friday that it will halt sales of its controversial Essure birth-control device in the United States at the end of the year, bringing to a close a protracted battle over an implant that thousands of women blame for serious problems, including persistent pain and perforations of the uterus and fallopian tubes.

In a statement, the company said, “This decision is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion that the Essure business is no longer sustainable.” It said it stands by the safety and effectiveness of the device, and added that women who currently have Essure in place can continue to “confidently” rely on it.

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4/9/18: Essure Permanent Birth Control System by Bayer Healthcare: Announcement - FDA Restricts the Sale and Distribution

The FDA is aware that some women have received the Essure device without being adequately informed of Essure’s risks. In order for this device to meet reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness, all women considering Essure should receive this important information.

On April 9, 2018, the FDA restricted sales of the Essure device to only doctors and healthcare facilities who use the FDA-approved “Patient-Doctor Discussion Checklist – Acceptance of Risk and Informed Decision Acknowledgement”. Sale and distribution of Essure is limited to healthcare providers who agree to review this checklist with patients, and give them the opportunity to sign it, before Essure implantation.

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4/1/18: This Birth Control Device Kept Making Women Sick. The FDA Kept It On The Market.

Last month, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb met with a group of women who’ve been knocking on the agency’s door for years.

Online, they’re known as E-sisters: women who were implanted with the permanent “non-incisional” contraceptive called Essure, which consists of metal coils that are implanted into the fallopian tubes and contain nickel. The E-sisters believe Essure has caused them ― and tens of thousands of others ― a constellation of health problems, from bleeding, bloating and pelvic pain to more obscure symptoms like rashes, tooth loss, joint pain and fatigue associated with an allergic or autoimmune reaction.

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8/23/17: FDA Warning: Essure Permanent Birth Control

Essure is a a permanently implanted birth control device for women (female sterilization). Implantation of Essure does not require a surgical incision. In the procedure, a health care provider inserts flexible coils through the vagina and cervix and into the fallopian tubes – the tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Over a period of about three months, tissue forms around the inserts. The build-up of tissue creates a barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs, thus preventing conception. Essure is considered a permanent form of birth control and therefore is not intended to be removed.

Over the past several years, the FDA has been examining the growing number of adverse event reports associated with the use of Essure. Reported adverse events include persistent pain, perforation of the uterus and/or fallopian tubes, intra-abdominal or pelvic device migration, abnormal or irregular bleeding, and allergy or hypersensitivity reactions. Some women have had surgical procedures to remove the device. In addition, Essure failure, and, in some cases, incomplete patient follow-up, have resulted in unintended pregnancies.

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2/29/16: FDA Orders ‘Black Box’ Warning Label on Essure Long-Acting Contraceptive

A special “black box” warning should be added to packaging for the Essure implantable birth control device, based on concerns over serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

The FDA also ordered Essure’s manufacturer, Bayer, to conduct a new clinical study to gather more data about the health risks the device might pose for “in a real-world environment.” Essure is a permanent and nonsurgical form of birth control for women. It consists of flexible coils that are inserted through the vagina and cervix into the fallopian tubes, the FDA explained in a statement.

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Filed Essure Complaints & Damages

5/5/16: Bailey V. Bayer Corp. Et Al

This Complaint is brought by Plaintiffs who relied on express warranties of Defendants before being implanted with a female birth control device, known as “Essure.” In short, the device is intended to cause bilateral occlusion (blockage) of the fallopian tubes by the insertion of micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes which then anchor and elicit tissue growth, theoretically causing the blockage.

This Complaint is brought by Plaintiffs with respect to the same occurrence (implantation of Essure, reliance on the same representations prior to implantation, Defendants’ failure to warn Plaintiffs of the same adverse events, and subsequent injuries due to Essure) and which has several questions oflaw and/or fact common to all Plaintiffs.

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Essure Birth Control Tied To Serious Injuries

Bayer recently announced that they will no longer sell Essure birth control in the United States by the end of 2018. They claim a fall in sales, but facts prove otherwise.

To get more information on the dangers of Essure, or learn if you could be eligible to receive compensation for your losses, call 1-800-844-0246 now.

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5 Little Known Facts About Essure

Did you know that thousands of women have had hysterectomies due to bad Essure implants? If you have this medical device, find out what warning signs to watch for to protect your health.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by Essure, call (800) 511-3838 now to see how we can help.

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It’s no secret that mega corporations give financial contributions to political candidates and officials, not to mention lobbyists. In fact, Monsanto’s website even admits:

“Monsanto is committed to participating constructively and transparently in the political process, as such participation is essential to the Company’s long-term success. Our approach on corporate political contributions is driven by the significant impact that public policy decisions can have on our business and on the interests of our stakeholders.”

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Paid to the House of Representatives in 2013

Total paid by Monsanto to Democrats: $72,000
Total paid by Monsanto to Republicans: $190,500

Paid to Senate in 2013

Total paid by Monsanto to Democrats: $37,500
Total  paid by Monsanto to Republicans: $85,000

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House: Total to Democrats: $92,500; Total to Republicans: $193,500
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This is precisely why it’s so refreshing to hear that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is standing up against Bayer (who acquired Monsanto in 2018) by stating on Twitter, “I’ve said it before, I’ll keep saying it: Ban roundup! It’s long past time we stopped relying on corrupt corporations with a profit incentive to fund science telling us their chemicals are ‘safe.’ Victims shouldn’t have to go to trial to get the truth.”

Between the two recent California trials that found in favor of the plaintiffs who were diagnosed with cancer due to use of Roundup, new studies that found that Roundup causes a 40% increased risk of cancer, and LA County’s recent ban of Roundup on county property, hopefully more politicians will listen to researchers and their constituents and ban Roundup.

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“Extensive List of Politicians Paid Off By Monsanto”. Natural Society. Accessed April 4, 2019. http://naturalsociety.com/list-politicians-paid-off-by-monsanto/
“Political Disclosures”. Monsanto. Accessed April 4, 2019. https://monsanto.com/company/governance/political-disclosures/
“Monsanto Co.” Open Secrets. Accessed April 5, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00042069

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Why Post-Market Medical Device Follow-up is Necessary But Ignored or Hidden

And why do we subjugate ourselves to being guinea pigs to test which therapies, pills, and mechanical parts will torment our bodies? It’s simple. We’re desperate for help and we trust the men and women in scrubs and suits to honestly want to help us. The FDA’s fast tracked 510(k) process,  doctors receiving “gifts” from pharmaceutical companies for prescribing their products, and sky high drug prices are just a few examples of the many parts of the system that are broken at the expense of patient health. Here’s another important flaw with the FDA and Big Pharma: their lack of post-market medical device follow-up.

But why should you take the time to learn about this? Consider these statistics:

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If you don’t already have a medical device, chances are high that you’ll either have one or you know someone who has one. Plus, this is big money for pharmaceutical companies so a variety of products are probably going to be advertised or recommended to you. Don’t you want to make sure that something this important is proven to help and not harm you?

The FDA’s 510(k) Approval and Post-Market Follow-up Process

The FDA established the 510(k) process to promote medical innovation and approve needed products to market quickly. However, this once “noble” function has now turned into a manipulation of Big Pharma to speed devices to market to for profit and to bypass expensive testing. The 510(k) process allows the FDA to fast-track paperwork through the system as pharmaceutical companies base their devices on previously approved ones… all without human clinical trials.

There are many problems to this practice. First of all, the products that they’re comparing the new one to may have been ineffective or harmful and taken off the market (such as the case involving Protegen transvaginal mesh). Secondly, this is how 70 percent of medical devices are being approved; again, WITHOUT human clinical trials. Is it any wonder why there are so many health complications and recalls concerning medical devices?!? Finally, the FDA is understaffed and underfunded which makes approving, monitoring, and following up on drugs and medical devices a nightmare.

Post market follow-up is critical to patient safety, as the FDA explains that the requirements, “include such things as tracking systems, reporting of device malfunctions, serious injuries or deaths, and registering the establishments where devices are produced or distributed. Postmarket requirements also include postmarket surveillance studies required under section 522 of the act as well as post-approval studies required at the time of approval of a premarket approval (PMA), humanitarian device exemption (HDE), or product development protocol (PDP) application.”

Let’s take a closer look at a recent example that hit the news in March 2019. Mentor Worldwide MemoryShape breast implants were approved in 2013. It came to the FDA’s attention that the company failed to enrol the required number of subjects in the post market study, had poor follow-up rates with patients (only 61 percent), and significant data wasn’t consistent.

These studies are particularly important because in 2016 it was determined that breast implants can cause breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, which is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system). Post-market surveillance could not only ensure the safety of those in the study, but it can provide valuable information to prevent future patients from suffering from this disease.

Post-market surveillance is a critical part of the FDA’s job and public health depends on it. To quickly approve high risk medical devices and neglect monitoring how they work is not only negligent, but it deliberately disregards the health of the millions of patients that the FDA and pharmaceutical companies claim to be helping. It’s time to put patient health first.

 

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“FDA warns J&J unit and Sientra over breast implant compliance”. Medical Device Network. Accessed March 25, 2019. https://www.medicaldevice-network.com/news/fda-warns-jj-sientra-breast-implants/
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“Defenders: How medical devices are approved by the FDA and why some say it no longer works” KVUE. Accessed March 25, 2019. https://www.kvue.com/article/news/defenders-how-medical-devices-are-approved-by-the-fda-and-why-some-say-it-no-longer-works/269-2a9bfbe6-dd7d-4b2b-a0c1-6bebe24998cb
“Postmarket Requirements (Devices)”. FDA. Accessed April 2, 2019. https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/PostmarketRequirements/default.htm
“Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)”. FDA. Accessed April 2, 2019. https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/BreastImplants/ucm239995.htm

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As an advocacy group that strives to keep the FDA and big pharmaceutical companies accountable, we’ve seen our share of hundreds of thousands of people angry, disillusioned, and scared because their medicine or medical device has been recalled. They trusted that their doctor or surgeon chose the best decision for their condition. They put their faith in the company that produced their drug or implant to monitor their materials for safety. The believed that the FDA would only approve products that were properly tested and proven safe. Now many of these patients are living in a new normal where they’re worried about whether their pills are safe or they’re in excruciating pain from an implant that can’t be removed. How can this happen? Why does it seem that drugs and medical devices are being recalled more than ever before?

Why Are There So Many Drug and Medical Device Recalls?

Reasons for Recalls

Drug and medical device recalls can either be required by the FDA based on reports they’ve been receiving or it can be voluntary on behalf of the company when their product(s) are potentially unsafe. Here are the main reasons for recalling a medical product:

  • Health Risks – If a medicine or implant is found to harm patients and causes a high potential for injury, then it could be recalled. For example, phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a drug that was used in decongestants and weight loss medicines, was recalled because it was found to increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain).
  • Poor labeling or packaging – If the dosing instructions are confusing, if the dosing device is faulty, or perhaps the packaging proves not to be childproof, then it could be recalled.
  • Mislabeled – Let’s say that you purchased a generic medication that was labeled gluten free but it in fact did contain gluten, then the company would have to rectify this error.
  • Compromised Manufacturing – This has been in the news a lot lately. Recently (January 2019) it was found that the popular blood pressure medication Valsartan was contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, a possibly cancer-causing substance and an additional contaminant called nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA.  

2018 – The Year of the Recall

Let’s look at some of the stats for 2018 from R&D Magazine to see how they were broken down into the above categories:

Pharmaceuticals (percentage of total drug recalls)

  • Failure to meet product specifications: 25%
  • Deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP): 23.9%
  • Sterility: 12%
  • Mislabeling: 10.9%
  • Foreign Materials: 7.6%

Medical Devices (number of recalls per cause)

  • Software issue: 79
  • Mislabeling issue: 43
  • Quality issue: 36
  • Sterility issue: 27

A Few of the Top Drug and Medical Device Recalls of 2018:

Other Important Facts to Know

  • Five companies reported ten or more recalls in the quarter. This is the highest number since Q3 2016 and the second highest since Q3 2013.
  • You can check the FDA’s website to see if your medication or implant has been recalled by clicking here.

Why Are There So Many Drug and Medical Device Recalls?

There are many reasons why the number of recalls are increasing. First of all, we’ve talked a lot about how the FDA and pharmaceutical companies fast-track medical devices to market without testing using the 510(k) process. Another problem is that many products and drugs are produced overseas (learn more here).  A third broken part in the system is that Big Pharma funds not only the FDA, but politicians who monitor this appendage of the government. An additional glitch is that the FDA is overworked and underfunded; they can’t keep up with all the applications, adverse effect reports, and follow-up documents causing many issues to fall into the cracks.

Clearly the FDA is broken at the cost of innocent patients and their health. It’s time we voice our concerns, educate ourselves about our health, and hold the FDA and Big Pharma accountable for harming millions of people.

 

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“Drug Recalls Increased, Medical Device Recalls Decreased in Q3”. R&D Magazine. Accessed April 2, 2019. https://www.rdmag.com/news/2018/11/drug-recalls-increased-medical-device-recalls-decreased-q3
“What Is a Drug Recall?”. WebMD. Accessed April 2, 2019. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-a-drug-recall#1

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