April 4, 2019 — Lawsuits by 9 women who were injured by Bayer’s Essure sterilization implant were allowed to proceed by a federal judge in Philadelphia, according to MassDevice.
The class action lawsuit includes 6 women pursing personal injury claims and 3 women who are pursuing breach-of-warranty claims.
One plaintiff is a woman who got pregnant after she was implanted with Essure. She will be allowed to pursue a lawsuit accusing Bayer of fraudulently concealing the risk of pregnancy, according to a ruling by Judge John Padova of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The women all had Essure implanted in their fallopian tubes between 2006 and 2013, and subsequently suffered injuries such as chronic pain, bleeding, autoimmune disorders, or unintended pregnancy.
Bayer pulled Essure off the market everywhere except the U.S. by October 2017. The company eventually withdrew Essure in the U.S. in December 2018, a few months after the FDA restricted sales after concluding that some women were not adequately warned of its risks.
Bayer is currently facing thousands of lawsuits filed by women who accuse the company of selling a dangerous medical device and failing to adequately warn them about devastating long-term safety risks.