The Essure System was first submitted to the FDA in April of 2002 as a form of permanent birth control by Conceptus, which was subsequently bought by Bayer. The FDA gave the system approval in November of that same year. The Essure system consists of nickel-titanium and stainless steel coils, which are wrapped in polyethylene terephthalate and inserted into the fallopian tubes. The devices cause irritation to the area, developing fibrous scar tissue which creates a blockage, preventing the descent of eggs.
Lawsuits totaling more than 900 have been filed in California against Bayer Healthcare for serious side effects caused by their contraceptive device Essure. Until early this month Bayer has successfully kept the door locked against more than 40,000 complaints related to Essure but a ruling by a judge in California may have smashed down that door.
After a trial that began on Sept. 26 and ended on Oct. 27, a jury in St. Louis ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $70 million to a California woman, who claims that the company's talc based products, which she used for feminine hygiene, caused her to develop ovarian cancer.
California, also known as the Golden State, is also known as the land of golden opportunities. But, behind the glamour of glittering Hollywood, booming tech industry, and natural wonders, are the farmers, mostly in the San Joaquin Valley, who own more than 80,000 farms throughout the state. "California's agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. Over a third of the country's vegetables and two-thirds of the country's fruits and nuts are grown in California."
Drug manufacturer, Bayer is coming under new scrutiny for its non-surgical contraceptive, Essure. Essure is a non-surgical transcervical sterilization procedure approved in 2002 by the FDA and is intended to be a less costly and safer alternative to tubal ligation. During the outpatient procedure, bendable coils are placed into the fallopian tubes, passed from the vagina through the cervix and uterus. Scar tissue then forms around the coils and blocks the tubes from insemination, according to marketing literature provided by the manufacturer.