BREAKING: Bayer Pulls Essure Device from European Markets

Bayer, the manufacturer of the controversial “permanent” birth control device Essure, announced on September 18 that it is discontinuing all sales and marketing efforts of the device in all European markets. Citing “commercial reasons,” the company continued to stand by the safety and efficacy of the device despite tens of thousands of reported injuries. The Essure device will remain on the market in the U.S. For now.


Medical Device Safety Act Aims to Restore Rights to Patients Harmed

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health is reviewing proposed legislation that could change the face of patient safety efforts nationwide. If passed, the Medical Device Safety Act will allow patients injured by a Class III medical device to take legal action against the manufacturer at the state court level. This is prohibited under current preemption protections. The balance of this post is a press release from the Essure Problems Facebook group. The E-Sisters are planning a rally in support of the Medical Device Safety Act. Information on the Act, and the rally, follows.


Essure Loses Commercial License in European Union

Despite Bayer’s strident claims to the contrary, regulators in Ireland aren’t exactly certain the German company’s Essure “permanent” birth control device is a safe option. That uncertainty prompted the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) to decline renewal of Essure’s CE marking – the commercial license that allows the device to be sold in the EU.



Confirmed: Essure Leaving the UK September 1, 2017

It’s been a great week for women’s health in Europe. Just the other day, I had the pleasure of writing a piece on Bayer pulling Essure from the market in Finland. Today, thanks to a number of readers, I get the joy of writing a similar piece. It has been confirmed by Bayer that the company is withdrawing from the UK market as of September 1, 2017.


Dr. Julio Novoa: Essure Letter to Fellow Doctors

I was recently contacted by a fellow writer in reference to the letter you’re about to read. Due to my coverage of the Essure issue, he thought that our readers would like to see Dr. Novoa’s Essure letter to fellow doctors. It’s with my colleague’s permission that I share their post and Dr. Novoa’s letter.


Essure Soon to Be History in Finland

I’m not going to take a picture of myself attempting to jump up and down; no one but my chiropractor wants to see that! However, the sentiment is very much present as I get to write these incredible words: Essure is soon to be history in Finland!