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Chronic pelvic pain. Hair loss. Fatigue. Depression. Slurred speech. Blurred vision.

These are all symptoms that women with a defective Essure device have faced. In spite of their very real symptoms, many were told that their pain couldn’t possibly be linked to the device. After all, it had received approval from the FDA following a rigorous approval process known as Premarket Approval, or PMA.

Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is one of the few people in a position of authority to take these complaints seriously. In December, he testified in front of Congress on behalf of women injured and killed while using Essure. Congressman Fitzpatrick has introduced the “E-Free Act,” which would require the FDA to withdraw their approval of the device. The name comes from a group of Essure victims who refer to the day the device was removed as their “E-Free Day.”

The victims group was established through social media, after thousands of women faced opposition from officials – and even their own doctors – when making formal complaints about the device. In spite of their pain and symptoms, they were told time and time again that Essure could not possibly be the cause. Now, Congressman Fitzpatrick is helping to lead their cause and get the device off the market for good.

“If the FDA and the manufacturer of the device aren’t willing to remove this device from the market, then Congress will,” Congressman Fitzpatrick said on his website.

Essure devices are still being implanted. The FDA now requires strict black box warning labels on Essure packaging.

Essure Birth Control Injury Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating potential injury claims for anyone who has suffered from complications or has been seriously injured by an Essure permanent birth control device.

If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury related to an Essure permanent birth control device, you may want to contact an attorney. Our dangerous and defective products attorneys offer a free, no obligation, consultation. Additionally, our no fee promise means you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. Contact us to discuss your situation today 877-544-5323.

When a woman determines that she’s done having kids, most turn to doctors for tubal ligations. In recent years, however, medical advances have made it possible to forgo this surgery in favor of an implanted medical device. Sounds great, right?

Instead, women experienced painful symptoms. Severe abdominal pain. Rashes. Itching. Fatigue, headache and weight fluctuations. No woman would ask for these symptoms, yet women around the country are experiencing them thanks to a defective medical device known as Essure. The device, designed to permanently prevent pregnancy, has been in the spotlight recently because of its failures. Not only are women getting pregnant in spite of having Essure implanted, many are seeing dangerous – and even deadly – symptoms related to the device.

Essure was created as an alternative to traditional sterilization processes like tubal ligation. The small, flexible coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes by a doctor with no surgery required. Over the span of a few months, tissue grows around the device, creating a blockage that prevents sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs. The initial procedure only takes about ten minutes, with a follow up appointment held a few months later to determine the progress of the tissue growth. It sounds like an ideal alternative to getting your tubes tied, but Essure can have dangerous side effects.

The Food and Drug Administration reports that short-term risks related to the device include cramping, mild bleeding and pelvic or back discomfort. Unfortunately, those symptoms are just the beginning for some women using Essure. Because it is made out of nickel, some people report itching and rashes related to nickel allergies. Shockingly, the flexible coils that make up the device have been known to break apart and travel throughout the body. Attempts to remove the broken implant can require multiple surgeries, and some women have needed their entire uterus removed.

The FDA has received thousands of complaints about Essure over the years, yet no recall has been announced for this device.

Essure Birth Control Injury Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating potential injury claims for anyone who has suffered from complications or has been seriously injured by an Essure permanent birth control device.

If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury related to an Essure permanent birth control device, you may want to contact an attorney. Our dangerous and defective products attorneys offer a free, no obligation, consultation. Additionally, our no fee promise means you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. Contact us to discuss your situation today 877-544-5323.

The Food and Drug Administration is taking a hard look at the effectiveness and safety of Essure, a medical device designed to permanently prevent pregnancy. The sterilization coils have come under fire following more than 5,000 adverse events reported to the FDA in the years following its approval for the market. Complaints range from abdominal pain to unintended pregnancy to organ perforation. Most complaints stem from one common problem: migration of the device.

The Essure coils are implanted in a woman’s Fallopian tubes, but many reports indicate they have broken apart inside the body. Even worse, the coils have reportedly migrated, requiring hospitalization, surgery and even hysterectomies. Undoubtedly, had women known about these risks, they would have opted for safer alternatives. Tubal ligations have been around for a long time, and present far fewer dangers than Essure does.

The FDA has mandated a new black box warning label for all Essure packages, but many feel this doesn’t go far enough to require Bayer, the pharmaceutical company behind Essure, to comply with safety standards. Until the product is redesigned or pulled from the market entirely, many advocates will not rest.

Side effects are an expected part of any medical treatment, but devices like Essure need to be better tested before reaching consumers. At the very least, informing consumers of the dangers is a good start. Still, it shouldn’t have taken an FDA mandate – more than a decade after the initial product release – for Bayer to keep their consumers informed.

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The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating potential injury claims for anyone who has suffered from complications or has been seriously injured by an Essure permanent birth control device.

If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury related to an Essure permanent birth control device, you may want to contact an attorney. Our dangerous and defective products attorneys offer a free, no obligation, consultation. Additionally, our no fee promise means you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. Contact us to discuss your situation today 877-544-5323.