More than 1000 Australian women commence class action against Bayer

More than one thousand Australian women are commencing a class action in the Victorian Supreme Court today against the manufacturer of a contraceptive device they say left them in extreme pain.

The class action is seeing the women taking on the multinational pharmaceutical giant Bayer, regarding their contraceptive device Essure, which the women say left them in extreme pain, with some needing to go on to have hysterectomies.

Bayer says it continues to stand behind the safety and efficacy of Essure, which it stopped selling in 2017. It has already settled a case with 39,000 women in the United States for US$1.6 billion, with some of the Australian women involved in the Australian case questioning why the pharmaceutical giant hasn’t done more for Australian women who also received the device.

Slater and Gordon claims the device has been linked with a range of serious conditions and complications including choric pelvic and abdominal pain, irregular menstrual bleeding and cramping, the device migrating through the fallopian tubes, corrosion of the device, perforation of the fallopian tubes and other organs.

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