A California judge has laid out the next steps for coordinating dozens of lawsuits filed against the pharmaceutical company Bayer by hundreds of women who say they were harmed by its sterilization implant Essure.
Judge Winifred Smith of Alameda County issued the case management order Dec. 21, 2016, according to Modern Healthcare. The order designates which lawyers hold which responsibilities for legal procedures, coordination efforts and broader litigation strategies as attorneys seek to streamline pretrial proceedings for Essure-related lawsuits in California.
In California, if two or more civil cases in different counties “share common questions of fact or law,” according to the state’s judicial branch, coordination allows them to be brought to one court and assigned to a single judge. The judge’s ruling then applies to all the cases. The process is used to keep cases organized and avoid separate, conflicting judgments.
The number of women represented in the coordinated cases is said to be in the hundreds. A definite number can’t be provided because women continue to file Essure-related cases in California against Bayer, some of which are added to the group of coordinated cases.
Hundreds of Essure-related lawsuits have also been filed against Bayer in district courts and in states throughout the country, including North Carolina and Missouri.
Essure is a medical device used for permanent sterilization. It is a set of two metal coils that are implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes. Scar tissue is supposed to form around the coils, blocking the tubes and preventing eggs from being fertilized.
Bayer markets the device as “the only permanent birth control with a non-surgical procedure.” The company also says Essure is more than 99% effective.
But between Nov. 4, 2004, the day it approved the device, and Dec. 31, 2015, the federal Food and Drug Administration has received nearly 10,000 reports of problems related to Essure, including four adult deaths. Sharp abdominal pains and heavier periods are common side effects, and several hundred women reported that the device had broken or moved. Other women have encountered complications when they try to have the device removed and have undergone surgery including hysterectomy as a result.
Bayer has stood by Essure, even as the lawsuits accumulate.
In October, the FDA updated labeling requirements for Essure by including a black box warning, which in the FDA’s own words, “is designed to call attention to serious or life-threatening risks.”
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