Scottish Gov’t Group Asks Health Regulators for ‘Urgent’ Review of Issue Fueled by Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Filings
A group of Scottish women who claim to have experienced mesh erosion, pain during sexual intercourse and other serious injuries alleged in vaginal mesh lawsuit claims have urged their government to suspend certain pelvic surgery throughout the country.
According to BBC.com, the Scottish Mesh Survivors met with the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament on June 3rd to raise awareness on the dangers of transvaginal mesh procedures, which is a topic of pressing concern given that 1,500 women in Scotland receive vaginal mesh implants each year to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
At several points in the meeting, the Public Petitions Committee heard horror stories told by women who received the devices, to which one member was particularly horrified. The Health Secretary said he hoped to discuss the dangers of transvaginal mesh surgery further with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), given rising concerns that have been partially fueled by transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims. According to BBC.com, he wrote to the medicines regulator to hopefully set up an “urgent meeting to discuss on-going concerns over the use of transvaginal mesh implants.”
An expert group set up by the Scottish government has already begun reviewing the safety of transvaginal mesh after they met for the first time in February, the article indicates, and are currently in the process of developing an informational pamphlet for use in the National Health Service in Scotland.
Scottish Gov’t Committee Calls for Safety Review of Mesh Complications
Hopefully, this will develop an expert opinion that will determine whether transvaginal mesh surgery should be allowed to continue. “It is imperative that we have expert opinion of the full implications of the use of mesh implants and I think it is of paramount importance that we can be in a position to reassure women all across Scotland that this issue is being treated with the severity it deserves,” he said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of conducting a similar safety review of vaginal mesh that helped to fuel thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed in the country.
Court documents reflect more than 50,000 vaginal mesh lawsuit filings in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, where a number of federal multidistrict litigations are underway.
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