Friday, September 25, 2015
CNN: Essure Sterilization Method under Fire, by Elizabeth Cohen:
More than 5,000 women have complained to the Food and Drug Administration about Bayer's Essure, a sterilization device, saying it caused problems including unintended pregnancies, stillbirths and debilitating pain and bleeding. The manufacturer placed blame on about 1/3 of the complainants, claiming that "[w]omen are supposed to return to a doctor's office in three months to make sure the device is working and are supposed to use another form of birth control in the meantime." Some commentators believe the FDA rushed the device's approval.