Health scares

Essure contraceptive implant coming under heavy fire

Kim Hudak, who has filed a $1 million claim against Bayer seeking reimbursement for injuries and lost wages after complications caused by the Essure implant, in Independence, Ohio, May 1, 2015. Dustin Franz/The New York Times
Thirteen years ago when the Essure contraceptive implant first hit the market, it held so much promise for women who wanted to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The device could be implanted in a doctor’s office in about 10 minutes and would result in permanent sterilization. However, data compiled on the device over the years have revealed a troubled portrait of its practical application. The instrument is a small coil made of metal and polyester that’s inserted into a woman’s fallopian tubes. Thousands of women have claimed they’ve been seriously injured by the device over the years and many are imploring the FDA to remove the item from the market and spread the word about the dangers of its complications. And many have sued Essure’s make, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. But Bayer says the problems people are complaining about aren’t actual problems. “There are no signals, nothing that would indicate a problem with Essure,” Dr. Edio Zampaglione, a vice president at Bayer said. “The events being reported and seen are expected for this type of procedure.” And despite some of the horror stories surrounding the device, some women still sing its praises, saying Essure has been effective.
Read the full story at The New York Times.

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