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Topics: Essure Sterilization

Bayer to Stop Selling Controversial Sterilization Device Following Mounting Lawsuits and Complaints



After years of litigation and sustained pressure from thousands of women who have reported injuries and other adverse side effects from the Essure sterilization coil, Bayer, the device’s manufacturer, has announced that it will discontinue selling Essure in the United States by the end of the year. In a press release last Friday, Bayer announced that it would cease selling or distributing Essure after December 31st. Bayer also notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

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FDA to Review Concerns on the Essure Sterilization Procedure



Reviewing Side Effects of Essure by FDA After receiving thousands of complaints of adverse side-effects, the FDA has decided to conduct a hearing on the safety and effectiveness of Essure. The controversial sterilization implant involves pushing micro coils made of nitinol (a nickel-titanium alloy) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers into a woman’s fallopian tubes via a hysteroscope and catheter. This scars the fallopian tubes and seals them shut. Originally developed by Conceptus, the Essure system …

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