Looking around at your healthcare options, it can seem hard to avoid products manufactured by Bayer, the global healthcare giant responsible for Essure. But that’s exactly what many women’s health advocates are clamoring for – an all-out boycott of Bayer products.

In the wake of The Bleeding Edge, a shocking documentary that exposed the myriad ways that medical device companies foist dangerous products off on unsuspecting patients, advocate leaders for the Essure Problems group called for an International Boycott Bayer Week, running from September 17 to September 21, 2018.

International Boycott Bayer Week

“We encourage you to not use or purchase any Bayer products during this time,” Essure Problems wrote. “Do not support a corporation that profits from human suffering.”

Bayer Logo Sign

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The scandal surrounding Essure has sparked a global protest movement. Alongside coalitions in France, Australia and many other nations, America’s Essure Problems group has led the charge against the controversial medical device, raising public awareness about the numerous severe medical complications allegedly caused by Essure.

To date, over 17,000 women have filed product liability lawsuits against Bayer, accusing the company of manufacturing and marketing a medical device that causes severe complications without appropriate warnings. In their legal complaints, plaintiffs list a wide range of side effect injuries, including severe pain, autoimmune disorders, skin rashes, abnormal menstrual bleeding, unwanted pregnancies and miscarriages.

In a Facebook post dripping with sickening irony, Becky Miller noted how many problems allegedly caused by Essure end up being treated with other products manufactured by Bayer.

For example, Essure has been linked to abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding. Bayer sells and markets many products that promise to cut down on menstruation, including Natazia, which is promoted as the “first and only birth control pill clinically proven to help heavy monthly periods.” Or you can opt for another “non-invasive” implant, like one of Bayer’s intrauterine devices (IUD), Mirena, Skyla, Jaydess and Kyleena.

Essure has also been associated with an increased risk for skin rashes and other dermatological problems. But don’t worry, Bayer has an answer for that, too. Women can try Desonate (indicated for eczema), Finacea (for mild to moderate rosacea) or Diane-35 (a tablet for severe acne in women). Struck by severe chronic pain? You can always reach for your Aleve, Midol or aspirin, all of which are manufactured and marketed by Bayer.

Bayer Boycott Bootcamp

Everywhere you look, another Bayer-made product pops up. While International Boycott Bayer Week has officially ended, there’s no reason to stop the shut-out now. Want to participate and make conscious choices about where your products come from?

Boycotting a company is as simple as not purchasing its products.

A Full List Of Bayer’s Over-The-Counter Products

Here’s a comprehensive list of over-the-counter products and brands manufactured and marketed by Bayer, including products not available in the United States:

  • Afrin
  • Aleve
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Aspirin
  • Bepanthen (first-aid cream offered in Australia and New Zealand)
  • Berocca (combination vitamin)
  • Canesten (tablet and cream for vaginal infections offered in the UK)
  • Citracal
  • Claritin
  • Coppertone
  • Coricidin HBP
  • Dr. Scholl’s
  • Flintstones vitamins
  • Iberogast (blend of plant bitters for gastrointestinal symptoms)
  • Lotrimin
  • Midol
  • Miralax
  • One-A-Day vitamins
  • Redoxon (vitamin tablets sold throughout Europe, Canada and Hong Kong)
  • Rennie (heartburn and indigestion tablets offered in the UK)
  • Rid
  • Roundup
  • Solarcaine
  • Supradyn (multivitamin)
  • Talcid (antacid tablet sold throughout Europe)
  • Tinactin
  • TruBiotics
  • TruHeart
  • Zegerid OTC

Beyond these over-the-counter health products, remember that a huge chunk of Bayer’s product portfolio comes in the form of pesticides and genetically-modified seeds.

Bayer’s Purchase Of Monsanto

Things got even more complicated with Bayer’s recent $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto, which made Bayer the world’s largest seed and agricultural chemical company in the world, Bloomberg reports.

In purchasing Monsanto, Bayer also adopted many of the embattled agribusiness giant’s problems, including over 9,000 product liability lawsuits filed over the company’s popular weedkiller Roundup. In thousands of claims, farmers, nursery workers and home gardeners say that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of immune system cancer.