Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group, has called on government regulators to ban a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic collapse, saying it exposes patients to serious risks. A petition was sent recently by Public Citizen to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to ban pelvic surgical mesh inserted through the vagina. About 75,000 women had prolapse surgery with forms of the mesh last year, according to the FDA.
The FDA announced recently that complications with mesh are higher than previously estimated, with many women experiencing pain, bleeding and infection. According to Public Citizen, mesh offers no benefit over traditional surgery with stitches. Public Citizen’s Dr. Michael Carome, in making his request, had this to say: “Even the FDA seriously questions the safety and effectiveness of these mesh products, so they should be removed from the market immediately.”
I agree with Public Citizen and commend them for taking on this needed action. Our firm is currently evaluating a number of serious claims resulting from use by the surgical mesh. If you need additional information on this litigation, contact Melissa Prickett, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Melissa.Prickett@beasleyallen.com.
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