FDA Calls For Reclassification Of Transvaginal Mesh After 50,000 Mesh Lawsuits Filed
Following Over 50,000 Lawsuits Filed Over Injuries Caused By Transvaginal Mesh Inserts, The FDA Announced In Late April That It Is Proposing New Stricter Safety Requirements For The Plastic Mesh Used To Repair Pelvic Collapse In Women.
According to data collected by the FDA, in about 10 percent of cases, the Transvaginal mesh can tear through the vaginal wall into surrounding tissues and organs within 12 months after surgery. Most women who have this erosion must undergo additional surgeries to remove the mesh. Leading manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has received over 22,000 personal injury lawsuits over complications and injuries caused by transvaginal mesh.
The transvaginal plastic mesh has been in use since the late 1990s. The mesh was designed to strengthen the pelvic wall after pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic prolapse is common in women who have had children and in older women. In most cases, the mesh is inserted into the vagina to strengthen the pelvic wall and prevent prolapse. According to the FDA, the plastic mesh was a “high-tech” solution to traditional stitches during surgery, but no studies have shown that using the mesh improves the safety outcome of the surgery.
The FDA first approved the vaginal mesh products because they were similar to mesh used to treat hernias, which has few complications. All plastic mesh devices had a risk assessment of “moderate-risk,” which is subject to less testing than high-risk products. The FDA is allowing comments on their proposal for 90 days before voting starts.
In the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, over 50,000 personal injury suits concerning transvaginal mesh products have been filed. These suits include:
In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325)
In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326)
In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387)
In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation – (MDL No. 2327)
In Re Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2440)
In Re C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187)
The new FDA proposal does not include other mesh products used for medical procedures to treat hernias, incontinence, and other procedures that are not related to women’s health, the Associated Press reports.
[ bigstory.ap.org/article/fda-wants-stricter-safety-rules-pelvic-mesh May 2014 ]
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