If anyone is interested in emailing the new FDA commissioner, here is his info. I just sent one.
New FDA commissioners email [email protected]
Hello Mr. Ostroff,
I am writing to you to make sure you are aware of the issues going on with a medical device called Essure. I help administer a Facebook page of almost 17,000 women harmed by the device. A few of us admins along with a couple of doctors met with members of the FDA on April 2, 2015. Abiy Desta is gathering information that we provide and is keeping it in a shared folder for the members who attended the meeting. I would like to make sure that you have access to that folder. Recently I sent Abiy an interview that one of our news reporters did with Dr Edio Zampaglione of Bayer, the manufacturer of Essure. In that interview the doctor makes some statements that need your attention. The first statement that concerns us, is he refers to the Essure Procedure as surgical. Bayer advertises Essure as a non-surgical form of sterilization, when in actuality, it IS a form of hysteroscopic surgery. It is coded as a surgery and billed as a surgery. Many women have it done under anesthesia. The false advertising needs to stop immediately. We have brought this to the attention of the FDA and the FTC. Second, he states that the nickel in Essure is not the same as the nickel in costume jewelry. OK, I have to pull out my metal smithing card here as I have a BFA in metal smithing from Syracuse University. There is only ONE nickel, period. The ALLOYS of medical devices and jewelry are certainly not the same, but the nickel in each of them certainly is. That is like telling a woman who is allergic to gluten that the wheat in bread is not the same as the wheat in cereal. It's just plain false information. If you are allergic to something, such as nickel, and it is in an alloy, no matter what the other metals are, you are going to react to it. Plain and simple. Bayer cannot be allowed to make such false claims!
Thank you for your time, I hope that you reach out to Abiy for more information.