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UK women launch legal action against Bayer over Essure sterilisation device

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 22 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k271
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Women in the UK are launching legal action claiming they suffered prolonged pain, abnormal bleeding, and other serious side effects after being fitted with the sterilisation device Essure.

In England, the law firm Leigh Day expects to bring about five cases in the county court against the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, which manufactured the device.

And the Scottish personal injury law firm Thompsons is preparing to file claims on behalf of six women in the Court of Session in Scotland.

The UK litigation is on a much smaller scale than in the US, where thousands of women are reported to be suing Bayer over Essure. The device remains on the US market, although the …

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