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.
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.
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.