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Filshie Clip Birth Control Lawsuit

Filshie Clip Birth Control Lawsuit

Lawsuits have been filed by women who were injured by a Filshie Clip birth control implant.

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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Filshie Clip induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by a Filshie Clip, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Filshie Clip Lawsuits Filed by 11 Injured Women

In April 2023, a Filshie Clip lawsuit was filed by 11 women who claim they were seriously injured by the birth control device. The lawsuit claims that Filshie Clips can wreak “havoc on the female body” and “pose a significant health risk” if they move out of position.

What is the Problem?

The Filshie Clip was advertised as an alternative to traditional tubal ligation surgery, which is a popular way for women to permanently prevent pregnancy.

Since the device was approved in September 1996, over 10,000 women have been sterilized with Filshie Clips. In some cases, women have developed complications when the clips moved out of position (migrated).

Filshie Clip Migration

The Filshie Clip is supposed to pinch off the fallopian tubes and promote scar-tissue growth to permanently prevent pregnancy. Instead, lawsuits claim that the Filshie Clip can potentially move out of position, or migrate in the body.

Lawsuit Claims Filshie Clips Migrate in 25% of Patients

Lawsuits claim that the clips migrate in approximately 25% of patients, which is 200-times higher than the 0.13% migration-rate that the manufacturer reported to the FDA before the clips were approved back in 1996.

Filshie Clip Lawsuit Filed by Woman in Alabama

In March 2023, a judge allowed a Filshie Clip lawsuit to proceed against CooperSurgical and Femcare Ltd., after determining that the lawsuit was not preempted by federal law.

The lawsuit was filed in Alabama by Jackie M. and her husband. They claim that the manufacturers did not adequately warn them that Filshie Clips can migrate to other parts of the body.

In August 2020, she underwent surgery, which is when doctors discovered that her Filshie Clips had migrated from their original placement. As a result, the clips were removed, along with one of her fallopian tubes. She continued to experience problems, and therefore underwent a complete hysterectomy.

In her lawsuit, she alleges that migration “was not an anomaly, as it was occurring in over 25% of patients.” She accuses the manufacturers of failing to adequately warn patients about the frequency of Filshie Clip migrations.

The Filshie Clip Lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (Southern Division) — Case Number 1:22-cv-54-RAH.

What is the Filshie Clip?

The Filshie Clip® is a silicone-lined, titanium birth control device that is used to prevent pregnancy. It is implanted during a minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) surgery that usually takes about 30 minutes.

How Does It Work?

During the procedure, a doctors snaps the clip onto a woman’s fallopian tubes, which closes the tube and blocks the fertilization of egg and sperm. Over time, the clips also cause scar-tissue growth that is supposed to block the fallopian tubes permanently.

Case Report of Filshie Clip Migration and Bladder Abscess

In 2020, doctors published a case report of a 52-year-old woman whose Filshie Clip migrated into her bladder and caused an abscess, pelvic pain, and fever. The complication occurred about 12 years after her Filshie Clips were implanted. The doctors warned, “Women should be counselled regarding the significant risk of clip migration (up to 25%).”

What Are Some Other Possible Risks?

In addition to the potential risk of migration, Filshie Clips have also been linked to some other rare side effects, such as:

Clip Breaks or Fractures: “With the Filshie Clip, one operator reported that a Filshie Clip broke during application. The pieces were removed from the abdomen.” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0015028200006968

Organ Damage: “Filshie clips may dislodge and migrate through tissue planes (0.6%) involving bladder, appendix, inguinal canal, vagina, urethra, and rectum.” https://www.ijcriog.com/archive/article-full-text/100090Z08HC2021

Groin Hernias: “Filshie clip migration with multiple groin hernias: a case report” https://jmedicalcasereports.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13256-015-0665-x

Sepsis: “Although most women are asymptomatic, clip migration can result in serious morbidity such as abscess formation and be a source of sepsis years later.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32636354/

Do I have a Filshie Clip Lawsuit?

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