Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro co signs Fitzpatrick's E-Free Act
The E-Free ActFrom: The Honorable Michael G. Fitzpatrick
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“I feel like my children have lost their mother for the last 3 years. I now have chronic pelvic pain, back pain, major hair loss, very painful and heavy menstrual cycles, dental issues, aches all over my body, extreme fatigue and depression. As a single, hardworking mother, all I can do is push forward through all the pain.”
Cosponsor the E-Free Act
We ask for your support in removing a dangerous medical device known as Essure from the market by cosponsoring the E-Free Act.
The E-Free Act will require the Food and Drug Administration to remove the premarket approval for the Essure system medical device—a permanent sterilization device for women. This medical device is a nickel-based metal coil that is designed to be inserted in the fallopian tube and cause tissue scarring.
However, since it first appeared on the market in 2002, thousands of complications have occurred as a direct result of this dangerous device. The FDA has received over 5,000 formal complaints related to the device and over 22,000 women have joined together on Facebook to share their stories of how the Essure device ruined their lives. And since the device is designed as a permanent implant, there are no standard protocols for removing this device in the event of severe complications.
These stories and the growing amount of data relating to adverse events prove that this device needs to be removed from the market immediately:
- Essure has caused at least five fetal deaths in women who became pregnant after Essure was placed.
- At least four women have been killed by Essure.
- Tens of thousands of others have reported symptoms such as extreme pelvic and abdominal pain, bleeding, migraines, severe allergic and hypersensitivity reactions to nickel, autoimmune reactions, loss of teeth and hair, the metal coil cutting into the uterus and other organs in the abdominal cavity, and the metal coil breaking and migrating throughout the body.
While the device is marketed as a non-surgical alternative, one study in the British Medical Journal found “[a] more than 10-fold higher occurrence of reoperation during the first year following Essure-based surgery… [a]nd that surgery is likely to be much more complicated…”
The E-Free Act gets its name from the victims of this device. They call the day that Essure is surgically removed as their ‘E-Free Day.’ Let us join together and ensure that moving forward every day is an E-Free day by getting this dangerous device off the market.
We plan on introducing the E-Free Act on November 4, 2015—the 13th anniversary of Essure’s approval by FDA. For more information or to cosponsor, please contact Justin Rusk in Representative Fitzpatrick’s office (5-4276, [email protected]) or Kelly Horton in Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s office (5-3661, [email protected])
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