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The Bleeding Edge Hero of the Week: The E-Sisters

“We won’t stop. They’ve already taken away my health. What else can they take from me? I have nothing to fear from them. This has to come to an end. I don’t know how anyone with a conscience and with any sort of compassion could let this continue to happen.”
Angie Firmalino, Founder and Head Administrator of Essure Problems and President of ASHES Nonprofit


The E-Sisters in the halls of Congress

Today the E-Sisters, a group of patient activists harmed by Bayer’s Essure birth control implant, are bringing their fight to Bayer’s doorstep, hosting a rally and free preview screenings of the Netflix Original documentary The Bleeding Edge outside of Bayer’s corporate headquarters in New Jersey.

The Bleeding Edge, a gripping expose of the medical device industry and its lax regulation by the FDA, chronicles the E-Sisters’ successful grassroots movement against Essure and its manufacturer, Bayer, while bringing attention to the lax regulations of the FDA.

Founded in 2011 by Angie Firmalino, the Essure Problems Facebook group grew from a small tight-knit group of friends and family to an international community of patient activists. Essure Problems now welcomes more than 36,000 members from around the world, and offers patients and caregivers an outlet for support as well as a wealth of resources and information on patient safety, Essure adverse events, and physicians available for removal procedures.

The E-Sisters have celebrated victories both small and large. From holding protests around the country, to founding a leading nonprofit organization, to lobbying for patient safety legislation in Congress, the E-Sisters have continued to challenge Bayer and fight for patients’ rights.

The Bleeding Edge filmmakers celebrate the commitment, tenacity, and victories of the E-Sisters, and invite you to join their efforts in placing patients above profits.

The E-Sisters’ stories are shared in the Netflix Original documentary, The Bleeding Edge, available on July 27.

E-Sisters rally