Complaints for Bayer AG's Sterility Device Spike Nearly 1,400% in Three Years

The FDA logged a nearly 1,400% spike in complaints filed over the Essure permanent female sterilization treatment made by Bayer (ETR:BAYN), according to a review released yesterday ahead of an FDA advisory panel meeting this week.

Essure, the only approved permanent birth control device in the U.S., is a small metal coil that is placed in the fallopian tubes via catheter. The FDA approved the device in November 2002.

In the near 13 years since then, the health regulator said it had received 5,093 complaints, including those of pain or menstrual irregularities after using the device, as well as complaints of the device breaking.

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