FDA Reviews Birth Control Implant Essure

Drugmaker Bayer is under fire after complaints of extreme side effects.
1:29 | 09/22/15

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Well, a permanent birth control implant is now under scrutiny years after it was approved by the fda. Complaints are pouring in by the thousands prompting experts now to take a closer look. Here's ABC's Reena ninan. Reporter: Today the controversial birth control implant assure is under fire after extreme complaints of unwanted and sometimes serious side effects including headache, depression and heavy bleeding. Marketed as the only permanent birth control that does not require surgery, assure consists of two metallic coils inserted into the fallopian tube but people are coming forward. Pain, heavy bleeding and my whole body started to change, skin, itchy. My arms were tingling and legs were tingling. Confused all the time. Reporter: The fda found over 20,000 assure problems posted on social media including Facebook and Twitter. The regulatory agency put out a 90-page review that includes questions about the existing research on esschurrie's safety noting significant limitations must be taken into account when reviewing the data. Bayer, the er of the device says while there are risks with all medical devices and procedures Bayer's highest priority is patient safety and weep sympathize greatly with any woman who has experienced problems with esomesure. The fda on Thursday will hold a meeting to re-examine the safety of the implant. Reena ninan, ABC news, New York. Our thanks to Reena for that.

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