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Essure Birth Control Gets FDA’s Strongest Warning

Essure, ABC, Tampa

Essure, ABC, Tampa

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 15, 2016 ~ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a label change on Essure Birth Control that includes the strongest warning a device can carry. 

Known as a Black Box warning, the label change will now clearly warn about the significant side effects associated with Essure, including under what circumstances it will need to be removed.

The label change includes a Patient Decision Checklist intended to support patient counseling and understanding of the benefits and risks associated with Essure.

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Essure, made by Bayer Healthcare, is made up of small metal nickel-titanium alloy coils, and is placed in the fallopian tubes.  The theory is that scar tissue forms around the implants keeping the sperm from reaching the eggs and preventing contraception.

Approved in 2002, Essure received Premarket Approval by the FDA before it was marketed.  It’s estimated more than 750,000 Essure procedures have been performed worldwide since FDA approval in November 2002 through early 2013.

Essure Facebook page

Essure Facebook page

Thousands of women have complained to the FDA, reporting adverse events or complications associated with the use of Essure.  Complications include perforation of the uterus, chronic and persistent pain, and perforation of the fallopian tubes, device migration, abnormal bleeding and allergic reaction.

The FDA convened an expert panel last September to hear scientific opinions and patient experiences to assess the risks versus benefit of Essure.

The agency received more than 2,800 comments on a public docket, which were taken into consideration before agreeing to issue the black box warning. Submissions to the FDA included a trade complaint that the product is adulterated or misbranded and should not be introduced into interstate commerce, part of a Citizen Petition.

Removed Essure coils, The Denver Channel

Removed Essure coils, The Denver Channel

The petition, filed by a Fort Lauderdale law firm, asserts that the premarket approval process for Essure “was replete with Fraud on the FDA including the altering of medical records of trial participants.” The complaint says participants answers affirming pain, adverse events, and unusual health related events were crossed out and changed by researchers, a violation of federal law.

The Essure Problems Facebook page has been very proactive. Together they petitioned Congress and supported a bill filed by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The E-Free Act would force the FDA to pull Essure from the market alleging its benefits do not outweigh the risks. See a MND story here.

 

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5 Comments

  1. janet Holt says:

    Victory hard earned. This is a hard working group of women who took their social media campaign all the way to Washington. The device will still be in use but hopefully less often used. Informed consent is still a big problem. Doctors cannot be the ” end user” if he does not fully inform his/her patients of all warnings. Still more work to do . Great job Essure women.

  2. Kitty says:

    “Our Bodies Ourselves” what have we done to ourselves? Free? Free to be used by the medical profession and then after years of hell…”your pain is caused by Vicadin and Menapause. Take an antidepressant”

  3. Essure is a spring coil implanted in the fallopian tubes.The devices cause the fallopian tubes to scar over and produce the same end result as a tubal ligation.

    However, victims avoid the expense and downtime associated with surgery.

    Essure is the only FDA-approved sterilization device for ladies who want permanent birth control without undergoing an operation.

    The Essure System includes the Essure micro-insert, a disposable delivery system, and a disposable split inducer.The micro-insert is the device that is implanted in the body.

    It consists of two metal coils coated with polyurethane fibers, which are implanted into the fallopian tubes.

    Over a period of time, tissue forms around the coil insert to build a barrier that hinders sperm from touching the eggs and blocks conception.

    Thousands of women have come forward with objections about injuries and side effects of Essure, as well as the documented related deaths.

    It is no wonder, then, that there has been a plenitude of lawsuits filed against Conceptus and Bayer.

    Unfortunately, justice for these women and their families seems tricky to reach.

    You can also file your case at essurebirthcontrollawsuitcenter, they do not charge legal fees unless you receive benefit and you are under no obligation after your primary consultation.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Essure birth control lawsuit center – you are welcome to advertise on this site. It would be much appreciated… and far more effective than going in the back door. Thank you.

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