Essure Problems Rallies 2017
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Women from around the country who have been harmed by the medical device Essure will be holding 20 nationwide rallies on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The main rally site will be San Diego, California, where dozens of women plan to rally outside of the annual ACOG convention. The Essure Problems women have rallied outside of ACOG and AAGL conventions in the past, working to educate physicians about the significant problems with Essure. This year, they decided to make it a national event. The rallies will be peaceful, raising awareness on the dangers of Essure and protesting the continued use of the device. The women will be equipped with photos, banners, flyers, picket signs, and business cards to share information with doctors and passers by. They want to see Essure removed from the market, and won't stop fighting until it is.
To date, 20 locations have rallies scheduled. Details on the rallies can be found on the Essure Problems Rallies FB Page . The rallies are as follows:
Little Rock, Arkansas; Mesa, Arizona; San Diego, California; Berkeley, California; Denver, Colorado; Jacksonville, Florida; Meridian, Idaho; Portage, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Missoula, Montana; Las Vegas, Nevada; Whippany, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Midland, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Norfolk, Virginia. Media is invited, and welcome at all locations.
The group also wants to bring attention to legislation being introduced in the US House of Representatives that aims to better protect American consumers’ rights in regards to medical devices. The Bill is entitled the Medical Device Safety Act of 2017. It will remove immunity from manufacturers of all Class III medical devices, (over 150) including Essure. This would restore the rights to consumers of Class III medical devices. If harmed, they could seek justice in a court of law. Several members of the Essure Problems group will be lobbying in DC seeking to gain support of The Medical Device Safety Act on May 3rd and 4th. They are fundraising to cover their costs of travel.
The bill reads as follows:
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to liability under State and local requirements respecting devices.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Medical Device Safety Act’’.
SEC. 2. LIABILITY UNDER STATE AND LOCAL REQUIREMENTS RESPECTING DEVICES.
(a) AMENDMENT.—Section 521 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360k) is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘‘(c) NO EFFECT ON LIABILITY UNDER STATE LAW.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify or otherwise affect any action for damages or the liability of any person under the law of any State.’’.
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall—
(1) take effect as if included in the enactment of the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 (Public Law 94–295); and
(2) apply to any civil action pending or filed on or after the date of enactment of this Act.