Essure Update: Almost All Unsold Units Back To Bayer; Postmarket Study Enrollment Complete
The US FDA says Bayer has successfully recovered unsold Essure units and completed enrollment in a Sec. 522 postmarket study, fulfilling deadlines set at a year from the date the devices were taken off the US market.
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