State judge grants coordination of Essure cases in California
A California state judge granted a motion to coordinate 55 cases filed against Bayer by roughly 900 women who say the pharmaceutical company’s permanent birth control device Essure caused them harm.
The mechanism of civil case coordination in California allows two or more cases that “share common questions of fact or law and that are pending in different counties to be joined in one court,” according to the state’s judicial branch. With coordinated cases assigned to a single judge, one ruling applies to them all.
Essure is a tiny coil made of nickel that is inserted without surgery or anesthesia into each of a woman’s fallopian tubes. Ideally, scar tissue develops around the coils, blocking the tubes and preventing the fertilization of eggs and their entry into the uterus. But thousands of women have reported problems with the device.
The Food and Drug Administration’s Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience database has received 9,900 reports related to Essure, including 6,989 reports of pain, 3,210 of irregular periods, 854 of the device migrating, and 429 of the device breaking, among numerous other problems.
Bayer, meanwhile, maintains that Essure is safe for women to use.