Doctors Were Paid Millions by Bayer for Essure Related Services.
Bayer has been making millions by selling Essure since 2002. They promoted it as a safe form of “permanent” birth control. However, many women who used the small coil made of metal called Essure have experienced many problems. These problems include: perforation of the fallopian tubes, extreme pain, excessive bleeding, migration of the device, surgery to remove Essure, and others. Now, a study shows that Bayer paid millions to over 11,000 doctors for Essure related services in recent years.
Bayer Paid Doctors
According to CNN, an “analysis of federal data, shows that from August 2013 through December 2017, Bayer paid 11,850 doctors $2.5 million related to Essure for consulting fees and similar services.” Interesting enough, they also stated, “Studies by scientists at the University of North Carolina, Yale University, the George Washington University and Harvard Medical School, among others, show that when doctors are paid by pharmaceutical companies, they’re more likely to prescribe drugs made by those companies.”
Many doctors recommended this device as an alternative to a tubal ligation surgical procedure, also known as having one’s “tubes tied.” Essure’s procedure seemed to be less complicated as it implanted the small coil into each fallopian tube. Over time, scar tissue forms around each coil, making it impossible for sperm to reach a woman’s egg. This leaves people wondering if doctors were influenced to recommend Essure because Bayer paid them.
Bayer just recently decided to take Essure off the U.S. market; this decision was made a year after they had phased out the device in other countries. This decision comes far too late for women who have been harmed after using the Essure device. Those individuals harmed might qualify for a lawsuit. If you would like to learn more about your legal options, give us a call at 866-723-1890 or click here to contact us online and schedule a confidential consultation.