FDA Orders Safety Study, Boxed Warning for Essure Permanent Contraceptive Device

In response to a surge of consumer complaints about the Essure permanent contraceptive device since October 2013, the FDA has now ordered its manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, to perform a postmarket safety study. In addition, the FDA has proposed a box warning and a patient checklist highlighting the potential adverse events that could occur following implantation of…

JPML Creates MDL Docket for Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Unit Cases in Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has transferred all cases alleging injuries caused by Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming units or blankets to Minnesota federal court for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. In a Dec. 11 order, the panel explained that the actions involve common questions of fact and centralization will serve…