bayerbrockovichAfter extensive testing, the Food and Drug Administration said Essure was safe and put it in a class that exempts manufacturers — in this case, Bayer — from lawsuits.

Now, environmental activist Erin Brockovich [pictured right] is taking on the company — and the law — on behalf of women who say they are suffering….

FDA records show 698 women have filed complaints about Essure in just the past five years….

Bayer… sent a statement that said, in part, “Essure… has a well-documented benefit-risk profile, with over 400 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts supporting Essure’s safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness.”

But with thousands of women complaining, Brockovich said the company needs to do more. She said so many of those women contacted her that she began a campaign against Essure.

“Hear these women. If necessary, take the product off the market. Take a look at it and make sure it is safe before you put it back out there,” Brockovich said.

She is also pushing Congress to repeal the law that gives Essure and other medical devices special protection, making them immune from lawsuits….

The FDA does additional testing on these products before they can be sold — and in exchange for those delays, companies get the lawsuit exemption.

The FDA declined to comment on Essure, citing the government shutdown.

~ Paul Van Osdol, WTAE-ABC4 Pittsburgh, October 16

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