Essure® was implanted in thousands of women’s fallopian tubes from 2002 to 2016, designed to be a non-surgical, permanent sterilization birth control device. Essure® is made of metallic coils and polyester fibers that are implanted into a woman’s fallopian tubes by a health care provider. Three months after implantation, the device causes scar tissue to build around the coils, obstructing your fallopian tubes and stopping sperm from reaching the eggs. Unfortunately, the device migrates, perforates organs, breaks and causes severe reactions and medical conditions, requiring surgical removal.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began examining the rising number of serious problems associated with the use of Essure. In September 2015, the FDA convened a meeting of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee to listen to scientific and medical expert opinions and users’ experiences on the risks and rewards of the device. The FDA also received more than 2,800 comments in a public docket that was open for three months to gather comments on Essure® that were taken under consideration.
In 2016, the FDA required a "black box warning", additional clinical trials on safety and efficacy and a multi-page Patient Decision Checklist for physicians to ensure patients implanted are aware of the true risks associated with the device.
In December of 2016, Kim Dougherty was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Essure® consolidated litigation in California and successfully argued early statute of limitations motions, resulting in saving many women’s potential claims.
If you have suffered any health damage due to the use of Essure® permanent birth control system, we recommend that you discuss your situation in a free, initial consultation with a national mass tort injury attorney at the firm at your earliest opportunity. Our firm focuses on personal injury cases and is well-known and well-respected nationally for its work in defending injury victims in cases of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.