One reason that Big Pharma would like to get rid of the Affordable Care Act is a provision known as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.This law has allowed the public to see how much they are paying physicians in order to get them to prescribe their products, even when these products have been proven to be dangerous.Among the worst offenders is Bayer, which accordi
What regulators and health authorities around the world have failed to do, consumer action is accomplishing quite nicely. Last week, in response to falling sales revenue, Bayer announced that it would be withdrawing the Essure contraceptive device from the Canadian market.
A Gynecologist Makes an Appeal to His Colleague: Don't Be Seduced By Manufacturer Sales Pitches and Incentives
Dr. Julio Novoa is an OB-GYN based in El Paso, Texas. For some time, he has been speaking out on behalf of women who have been injured by the Essure contraceptive device, manufactured by Bayer's Conceptus division. He and other advocates run a website dedicated to providing information about Essure as well as a Facebook support group.
The Essure contraceptive device is associated with numerous complications. These include severe cramps, painful intercourse, sudden and unexplained weight gain, and excessive bleeding, along with allergic reactions caused by the nickel titanium alloy used in the manufacturing process.
The name of Dr. Julio Novoa is not well known outside of the El Paso area – except by women who have been injured by the birth control device known as Essure, a product of Bayer's Conceptus division. Dr. Novoa is a leading advocate for these women, and he has a message for his colleagues and organizations: if you implant an Essure device into a patient and that patient is injured as a result, you bear liability.
“Angela” (not her real name) had the Essure contraceptive device implanted in her Fallopian tubes in 2009. At the time, it seemed like a miracle. Just two small, spring-like coils, made from nickel, that could be implanted without surgery – all she had to do is head over to her gynecologist's office, and the whole procedure was done within an hour.
Earlier this year, an independent researcher working for a New Orleans-based law firm discovered some discrepancies between the number of unwanted pregnancies in women using Essure and the number that manufacturer Bayer actually reported to the Food and Drug Administration.
Essure is a small coil made from the transition metal nickel, designed to be inserted into the Fallopian tubes in order to prevent conception. The device, developed by Bayer subsidiary Conceptus, Inc., was intended to be a less invasive alternative to tubal ligation.