ASHES 
Advocating Safety in Healthcare E-Sisters

  


Advocating Safety in Healthcare, E-Sisters

Mission Statement

ASHES is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and improve patient awareness regarding medical devices. ASHES is dedicated to working with patients, the FDA and Government to find solutions to ensure safe medical devices for all patients as well as educating and advocating for implementing any laws or policies to ensure the safety of all medical devices. ASHES is committed to educating, empowering and ensuring patients are provided the necessary information, when making healthcare decisions.


Initiatives


Medical Device Problems:

ASHES recently launched Medical Device Problems, a new website and Facebook group and community to support people considering or affected by a medical device.
Medical Device Problems informs people about the importance of researching—as well as teaches them to research—any medical device recommended by their physician. We also provide instruction on how to advocate on behalf of those harmed by these devices, and present opportunities to unite with other patient activists and support networks.
Visit our new website to learn more. If you need further assistance, we are always happy to help answer your questions. We can be reached by email at ashesnonprofit@gmail.com.


Essure Problems:

While our work spans multiple medical devices, ASHES board members and several other volunteers run Essure Problems, a growing Facebook group with over 41,000 members, mostly consisting of women harmed by Essure. For seven years, we have educated women about the potential risks associated with this device, helping injured women find competent doctors and sharing detailed and updated information about proper Essure removal. Through this group, we provide emotional support to people who are suffering greatly. We have formed a sisterhood through our community and refer to each other as E-Sisters.

In 2018, ASHES was instrumental in pressuring the FDA to place new restrictions on the device Essure, as well as the manufacturer Bayer's decision to take Essure off the market in the United States.
Just a few days before the documentary The Bleeding Edge hit Netflix, Bayer withdrew Essure from the market in the USA, the only country where Essure remained.


The Medical Device Safety Act of 2019 H.R.2669, a bill currently in Congress, which if passed, will restore a patient's right to litigation if harmed by a Class III medical device. 

Sign our petition in support of the Medical Device Safety Act.

The Medical Device Guardians Act:


The Medical Device Guardians act of 2019 H.R.2915, a bill currently in Congress, would require physicians to report adverse events for medical devices directly to the FDA.


Sign our petition in support of the Medical Device Guardians Act.


ASHES also raises awareness about the pitfalls of our FDA medical device approval processes and post market surveillance, and hopes to facilitate much needed change to these practices. Our organization was instrumental in getting three bills introduced in Congress regarding Essure and other medical devices covered by premarket approval, as well as overall Medical Device Safety. We will continue to fight for better laws and safe and effective devices.