Democrats Ask for Transvaginal Mesh Hearings

Posted on January 25, 2012

A number of U.S. Representatives are asking the Energy & Commerce Committee to conduct hearings on medical devices that are causing serious injuries to patients, including transvaginal synthetic mesh.

Mesh is frequently used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The synthetic material, made from polypropylene, a petroleum-based product, is implanted vaginally in a blind procedure. Thousands of women have complained of intense pelvic pain as the mesh migrates in the body and erodes through organs. In many cases, women opt to have it taken out, but this implant is intended to be permanent and there are few qualified surgeons in the country who can remove it all.

The Democrats, Henry Waxman, Diana DeGette, and John Dingell, sent a similar request for a hearing on two other defective medical devices last October, but those hearings were never scheduled. In the letter, committee members are reminded that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seen a five-fold increase in the number of complications associated with transvaginal mesh.

Synthetic mesh is considered a Class II medical device, but just last week the FDA announced it was considering making it a Class III device. At the same time, the FDA sent letters to 33 manufacturers to plan to conduct three years of post market studies to get an accurate picture of the complication rate. At the present time, there is no accurate accounting of the number of complications associated with implanted synthetic mesh.

The transvaginal mesh failure lawyers in Florida of Farah & Farah are talking to women who are experiencing complications following the placement of transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. These cases will move forward sometime in 2012 to bring some remedy to the thousands of injured women.

As with many product liability actions, there is a limited time period within which to talk to an attorney. Farah & Farah have an experienced and compassionate staff who understand how to listen. Call us at 1(800) 533-3555 to start the process.


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