A number of women in California use birth control for various reasons, but according to the FDA, one popular form of contraception may not be as safe as previously thought. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. is under investigation by the FDA, following allegations that the company might not have been honest about certain clinical trial results. The altered results may reveal that Essure is actually a defective drug.
Although Bayer continues to defend the safety and efficacy of Essure, there are many who disagree. According to the FDA, Essure can cause potentially catastrophic side effects, including perforated bowels. The device -- which is supposed to remain in place in a woman's fallopian tubes -- has also been found to migrate to other parts of the body. While Bayer did disclose 22 incidents of perforation, there were apparently an additional 168 of which they were aware. Additionally, Bayer allegedly held on to over 16,000 Essure-related complaints without ever revealing this information to outside sources.