New reports of women injured by Essure Permanent Birth Control System continue to flood the news across the globe. Recently, two women who are involved with the class action lawsuit against Bayer, the company that manufactures and distributes this product – at least until it leaves shelves at the end of the year – spoke about their experiences following the procedure to implant it.
“You get this birth control thinking, ‘Ok, I’ve done the best thing for me and my family,’ and it turns out to be the worst decision of your life,” says Latisha Montgomery of Rockford, IL. “It’s constant, it’s constant pain.”
“I went through hell for five years, absolutely hell,” says Ela Woolger of South Beloit, IL. “There were days I didn’t want to take care of my kid because I was so sick I couldn’t get out of bed.”
Latisha and Ela’s tragic stories are shared by tens of thousands of women in the United States alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received an estimated 27,000 reports of adverse side effects caused by Essure. In response, the FDA forced Bayer to implement both a patient checklist and a black box warning on its product to ensure that people were fully informed when using its product. Despite these precautions, women continued to come forward to file complaints with the FDA, leading the administration to restrict sales of Essure in April of 2018 before Bayer announced that it was discontinuing sales of its product.
“The device has been associated with serious risks including persistent pain, perforation of the uterus and fallopian tubes, and migration of the coils into the pelvis or abdomen,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. wrote in a statement posted on the agency’s website. “As the FDA learned more from patients about the serious adverse events associated with this device, we took a series of important actions to better understand the benefits and risks, and to address patient safety concerns.”
Our Houston drug injury attorneys at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC continue to hear stories about how this permanent birth control device affects the lives of women across the country and around the world. If you suffered serious injuries caused by Essure Permanent Birth Control System, give us a call at (888) 367-7160 to discuss your legal options with a member of our firm today. You can also send us your information through our online form to set up a case consultation and we will get back to you as soon as possible.