Scottish Health Secretary Asks UK Regulators to Suspend Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries
A Scottish health official has asked that the National Health Service (NHS) stop using transvaginal mesh, pending further review of complications that may occur after pelvic surgery, BBC.com reports.
According to an article on June 17th, Health Secretary Alex Neil has asked Scotland’s acting chief medical officer to initiate an immediate suspension of vaginal mesh surgeries until the federal government and the European Commission can properly investigate the issue.
“I believe that is the right thing to do, and that we should base any future decisions on the evidence as presented by these two reports,” he said.
According to BBC.com, several of the 14 regional health boards in Scotland have indicated that they would adhere to this request, while others said they already stopped using the pelvic implants.
The decision to institute a United Kingdom-wide ban on vaginal mesh surgeries still lies with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) however, and officials there continue to maintain that the procedures are safe, and that a woman is unlikely to experience mesh erosion, chronic pain, pain during sexual intercourse and other side effects now alleged in thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The benefits of this pelvic surgery outweigh its risks, an MHRA spokesperson told BBC.com.
FDA Considers Mesh Erosion, other Vaginal Mesh Complications “Not Rare”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has considered the potential for vaginal mesh complications to result from surgery “not rare” since 2011, when they revised their stance on the matter after receiving numerous adverse event reports from women who underwent such procedures.
An estimated 1,850 women undergo mesh surgeries every year in Scotland, the BBC.com report states, to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Shortly before Neil issued his suspension request, a group of women appeared before the Scottish petitions committee to speak about the injuries they allegedly experienced as a result of vaginal mesh. Following a number of testimonies from the Scottish Mesh Survivors, the Health Secretary said he was “deeply” troubled by the issue.
The alleged problems surrounding transvaginal mesh are continuing to make waves in the U.S. Between four separate litigations underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, well over 50,000 mesh lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women who received implants from the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc. and Boston Scientific, Corp. Thousands of additional claims are also moving forward in state courts throughout the country.
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