Scottish Health Secretary Wants Transvaginal Mesh Implant Dangers Publicized
Women all over the world have suffered severe, long-lasting personal injury due to transvaginal mesh implants. Now, the secretary of health for Scotland has stated that he wants tougher regulation of transvaginal mesh procedures, and more available information about complications.
Alex Neil made the announcement after a newspaper campaign interviewed many women who had transvaginal mesh implants, who described how their lives have been harmed by the device.
Campaigners have also called the UK government to set up a national transvaginal mesh implant registry, to review the current regulations governing the devices. The device is effective in many women, but a significant number of patients have since suffered continued organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, severe pain, infection, and painful intercourse.
“The Chief Medical Officer has written to all health boards, and to a range of others including GPs, indicating the scale and the nature of the problem that has arisen and also to ensure that if any woman comes forward for this procedure or is referred for this procedure, that they are made absolutely, totally aware of the risks involved,” Mr Neil said.
“We are encouraging the MHRA to take a very robust approach to this whole area because, very clearly, there has a been a lot of disquiet and there have been a lot of very unsuccessful procedures which have had a long-term impact on the women affected.
“We are working also with the women at every stage of what we are doing, to try to fulfil their request in terms of the national register and ensure a more robust approach in terms of inspection, regulation.
“Clearly this has caused a lot of heartache to say the least.
“I think the regulation, particularly in the private sector, for these procedures needs to be toughened up; not just the procedures but the devices and the sale of the devices themselves.”
In US, Coloplast Transvaginal Mesh MDL Moves Forward
While British health regulators are moving to protect citizens from the potential dangerous side effects of transvaginal mesh implants, the multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in the United States are moving forward. Most recently, the Coloplast MDL announced a status conference for December 5th.
The transvaginal mesh personal injury cases were consolidated into the 6th MDL against a transvaginal mesh manufacturer in August 2012. As with many of these MDLs, the Coloplast MDL was consolidated in the US District Court of West Virginia, under Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
Transvaginal mesh devices were marketed, starting in the late 90’s, to help patients suffering organ prolapse. The devices were particularly marketed to women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, which are conditions in which the uterus or bladder begins to sag into other pelvic organs. The mesh devices were implanted to hold the organs in their original place, but since 2010, the FDA has received thousands of complaints about device complications, including infection, bleeding, severe pain, and even continued organ prolapse.
Transvaginal mesh devices are approved through a loophole in FDA regulations, called 510(k). Boston Scientific’s ProteGen was the first mesh device to be approved by the FDA, and, although it was recalled in 1999, every transvaginal mesh device since then has been approved based on the ProteGen’s original approval. Several MDLs exist to help victims of transvaginal mesh receive some compensation.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Transvaginal Mesh Personal Injury Cases
If you have had surgery for organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, have been implanted with a transvaginal mesh device, and have since suffered damaging side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced lawyers at Strom Law, LLC, are accepting cases against mesh device manufacturers nationwide, so contact us today. We offer free consultations to help get you on the road to recovery. 803.252.4800.