Bayer Announces It Will Stop Selling Essure Contraceptive Device in the U.S. by the End of 2018August 23, 2018
As of December 31, 2018, Bayer will no longer sell and distribute its controversial Essure contraceptive device in the U.S. Effectively, this means that Bayer has discontinued Essure entirely, as it announced1 that it would stop selling this device outside of the U.S. in September 2017.
This announcement comes amid a flurry of Essure lawsuits that have been filed against Bayer. These claims, which currently exceed 16,000 filings against Bayer nationwide, generally allege that:
- Bayer failed to adequately test the safety of Essure before bringing it to market.
- Bayer failed to provide public warnings about the serious risks associated with Essure, and it failed to assure that doctors were properly trained on how to implant and monitor Essure systems.
- Bayer failed to report patient complaints related to Essure to federal authorities.
- Bayer’s failures and the dangers of Essure directly contributed to serious complications and injuries among Essure users.
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Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Device: What It Is & the Reported Problems
Essure is a permanent birth control system implanted in the fallopian tubes via a catheter, rather than surgery. Made up of nickel and titanium coils, the Essure System is designed to cause swelling and fibrous tissue growth in the fallopian tubes in order to create a barrier that blocks sperm from fertilizing an egg.
While Essure may cause some cramping and abdominal pain in the hours or days after implantation, some women have reported experiencing far more serious complications. Severe Essure injuries have reportedly included (and are not limited to):
- Autoimmune disease symptoms
- Ectopic pregnancy (attachment of an embryo outside of the uterus)
- Movement of the device through the abdominal or pelvic cavity
- Perforation of the fallopian tubes and/or the uterus
- Severe allergic reaction
- Severe anxiety, depression and/or suicidal thoughts
- Uterine bleeding and/or ovarian cysts.
Some of these complications can be life threatening without immediate medical interventions, like surgery to remove the device or a total hysterectomy.
Tragically, at least six Essure users have succumbed to deadly injuries reportedly related to device complications.
Bayer’s Statement on Discontinuation of Essure Devices
Growing reports of Essure complications and injuries have likely been a major contributing factor to dramatic drop in Essure sales in the U.S. In fact, over the past few years, U.S. Essure sales have reportedly declined by about 40 percent.
Citing this decline in sales, Bayer explained in its announcement, issued on July 20th, that it has:
Made a business decision to voluntarily discontinue sales and distribution of the Essure® System… based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion that the Essure business is no longer sustainable.
Additionally, Bayer has stated that, despite this decision:
The benefit-risk profile of Essure has not changed, and we continue to stand behind the product’s safety and efficacy.
The many lawsuits filed against Bayer, however, challenge the company’s claims that women can rely on the safety and efficacy of Essure Systems. As these cases move through the courts, it remains to be seen:
- Whether Bayer will try to work out pretrial settlements to avoid litigation costs, preserve its reputation and/or avoid the possibility of being ordered to pay punitive damages
- Whether Bayer will see these claims through trial
- How the allegations against Bayer will fare before juries
- Whether Bayer may be ordered to pay injured women financial recoveries for their suffering, impairments and losses.
The Essure attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm are proud to represent injured women in claims against Bayer. We are ready to discuss your situation, point out the legal options and provide you with exceptional advocacy moving forward.
An Essure Defective Medical Device Lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm Can Help You: Contact Us
If you or a loved one has suffered any serious complications related to Essure, an experienced defective medical device lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can help you hold Bayer accountable for the harm and losses you have suffered.
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1: Bayer Announcement Regarding Discontinuing Essure Sales in the U.S.