FDA likely underestimated fetal deaths from Essure: analyst

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logo at its headquarters in Silver SpringThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have greatly underestimated the number of fetal deaths among women who became pregnant after using Bayer AG's Essure contraceptive device, according to a private analyst who combed through the agency's public database. The FDA has cited five fetal deaths in women who became pregnant after using Essure, two metal coils inserted into the fallopian tubes. "Irrespective of the type of birth control a woman uses, when pregnancies do occur, there can be complications," a spokeswoman for Bayer said.



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