The defective drug and medical device attorneys at Wilson Law, P.A. are currently investigating cases on behalf of women who have suffered serious injuries after using Essure, a popular nonsurgical birth control device that has been available in the United States since 2002. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 5,000 reports of severe injuries associated with this dangerous birth control device.
While there hasn’t been a recall issued for Essure, the FDA is beginning to take action regarding the dangers associated with this popular birth control method. On February 29, 2016, the FDA ordered Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Essure, to include a “Black Box” warning on the device’s label. This is the strongest warning required by the FDA, and it is reserved for drugs that present a risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries to consumers.
In addition, the FDA has ordered Bayer to conduct a new round of clinical trials to more accurately determine the scope of the risks associated with Essure.
If you’ve suffered an injury from using the Essure birth control device, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. You can learn about your rights and options by speaking with Kimberly Wilson White in person. Please call 919-890-0180 today to schedule a free consultation at our Raleigh personal injury office.
What is Essure?
Essure is a nonsurgical sterilization implant that is used by many women as a form of birth control. No incision is required to place Essure, and the device is non-hormonal. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a flexible coil into your fallopian tubes. The Essure insertion procedure can be completed within 10 minutes and does not require general anesthesia.
Within the first 3 months after Essure is placed in your fallopian tubes, scar tissue will develop in and around the birth control device in order to create a barrier that prevents sperm from fertilizing the eggs in your body. Essure is considered to be a permanent birth control device.
Health Issues Associated with Essure
The FDA has identified several health risks associated with Essure. These include:
- Mild to moderate pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Unintended pregnancy
- Puncture of the fallopian tubes or uterus
- Migration of the Essure implant from the fallopian tubes to the abdominal region
- Rash and itching, most likely due to a nickel allergy
- Heavier or irregular menstrual periods
In the event that the Essure device separates, breaks or migrates to a different part of the body, you may need surgery to repair the issue. In some instances, removal of the entire uterus may be required. A 2015 study published in the British Medical Journal found that the use of Essure increases your risk of follow-up surgery by 10 times compared with alternative procedures such as “tube tying” surgery.
Wilson Law, P.A. Can Help
If you’ve suffered an injury due to your use of the Essure birth control device, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. Bayer’s failure to adequately warn women of the dangers associated with this device constitutes negligent disregard of public safety. When companies place profits over safety, it’s important to hold them accountable for any ensuing injuries. At Wilson Law, P.A., we’ll fight aggressively for your rights every step of the way.
Kimberly Wilson White has chosen to make defective drug and medical device cases a primary focus of her practice. She has been an ardent victim’s rights advocate for more than 15 years and can help you through this difficult time. In addition, Ms. White has a Master’s degree in Public Health, which provides her with a unique understanding of the epidemiology and medical issues associated with these complex cases. This background can help provide you with the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome to your case.
Please contact Wilson Law, P.A. using the form on this page or call 919-890-0180 today to schedule your free Essure injury consultation. We serve clients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and throughout North Carolina.