Pharmaceutical giant Bayer has agreed to a $1.6 billion settlement payout to women who were injured by Essure, a permanently-implanted birth control device that was discontinued in the U.S. in 2018.
When it was in use, the device, a metal coil, was inserted into the woman’s fallopian tube, scars it, and thus completely blocks the tube and its reproductive functions.
Yet according to multiple reports, around 39,000 women filed complaints about the damage it caused to their bodies because the coils became dislodged from their fallopian tubes and migrated to other parts of their body.
“Symptoms of Essure migration include weight gain, irregular periods, fatigue, uterine perforation, dizziness, fainting, and memory lapses,” Catholic News Agency reported.
Bayer will not admit to any culpability and will not apologize to the women who were harmed, according to the terms of the settlement.
The company said in a statement: “There is no admission of wrongdoing or liability by Bayer in the settlement agreements.”
Bayer also said that it stands by Essure’s safety and efficacy and was resolving the cases in order to focus on women’s health “without the distractions and uncertainties associated with this litigation.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter