In the wake of a nationwide movement to recall the Essure birth control device, the McDonald Law Firm is evaluating cases in which women were irreparably harmed by this controversial permanent contraceptive.
The Fort Worth-based firm, which has taken on some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and medical device manufactures, has established a website and is evaluating the best course of action for women who have suffered unwanted hysterectomies, unintended pregnancies, perforated organs and debilitating pain from the Essure device.
In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would review the safety and effectiveness of Essure after receiving more than 5,000 complaints about the device, which is also being blamed for fetal deaths in women who became pregnant and adult deaths reportedly caused by infection, organ tears and other complications.
The FDA is convening a public meeting with its Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices advisory panel on Sept. 24 to discuss the risks and benefits of Essure and has invited feedback from experts, panel members and the public.
Essure ― which according to the FDA was initially manufactured and marketed by Conceptus, a company now owned by Bayer HealthCare ― is the only permanent birth control device in the United States. Tiny metal coils are implanted into each of the woman’s fallopian tubes. Over the next three months, scar tissue gradually form around the coils, blocking sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs.
The device has been implanted in more than 750,000 women worldwide. Now, thousands of those women are rallying against the device and demanding its removal from the market.
The McDonald Law Firm has a long history of medical device litigation experience and has successfully represented thousands of clients who have suffered grievous injuries because of defective devices and drugs, including hip implants, transvaginal mesh, silicone breast implants, Fen/phen, Baycol and Vioxx.