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FOI release

FOI – 000050 IRIC complaints regarding Essure (HTML)

Published on 24 March 2022

Date received 3 Mar 2022 – Date responded 24 Mar 2022

Request

How many complaints has the Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre (IRIC) received in relation to Essure (manufactured by Bayer), the permanently implanted birth control device for women (female sterilisation)?

Response

Freedom of Information Reference: FOI-2022-000050 – IRIC complaints regarding Essure.

I refer to your freedom of information request, which we received on 3 March 2022 requesting the following information:

How many complaints has the Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre (IRIC) received in relation to Essure (manufactured by Bayer), the permanently implanted birth control device for women (female sterilisation)?

I can advise you that we have now completed the search of our records and can provide you with the following information:

IRIC receives incident reports rather than complaints. They are generated by staff rather than patients and they are processed differently. However, for the purposes of this information request we have treated these terms as though they mean the same thing.

There have been in total 7 adverse incident reports received by IRIC since 2014 involving Essure (manufactured by Bayer), the permanently implanted birth control device for female sterilisation.

I trust you will find the information of assistance and if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Contact

Address

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Edinburgh
EH12 9EB

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