Health officials in Australia ban transvaginal mesh products

by Jay Pate

Australian health authorities have banned transvaginal surgical mesh products, saying that the devices are too risky for patients. Transvaginal mesh products are implanted during surgery to treat patients suffering from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

In an update posted online, the Therapeutic Goods Administration – Australia’s main health regulator – said that it made the decision to ban transvaginal mesh following the publication of several studies that highlighted the risks associated with these devices. After reviewing these studies and other data, the TGA concluded that the risks of using transvaginal mesh outweighed the benefits of these products.

Many patients who were implanted with transvaginal mesh products to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence have developed painful complications from these devices. For some women, mesh that was designed to hold their organs in place can cut into their tissue, causing severe pain. According to a report published by a British newspaper, about one in 15 women in the U.K. who were implanted with transvaginal mesh eventually had the device removed due to complications.

The BBC recently reported that British health officials are also considering a ban on transvaginal mesh. According to the reports, Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is considering whether to recommend that transvaginal mesh devices should only be used during research studies because of the risk of painful complications associated with these products.

Women who have experienced complications from transvaginal mesh products have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices in the U.S. and other countries. Nearly 55,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in the U.S. by women who suffered complications from transvaginal surgical mesh products made by the company. Class action lawsuits over transvaginal mesh have also been filed against Johnson & Johnson in Israel and Canada, and against other manufacturers in the U.S. and Australia.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

If you or a loved one have suffered painful complications after being implanted with a transvaginal surgical mesh device, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and walk you through the steps in filing a case.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed lawsuits on behalf of women who were injured by transvaginal surgical mesh products. Our firm has also filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of patients who were injured by other defective medical products, including dangerous drugs and medical devices.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has spent years holding drug companies and medical device manufacturers responsible for the injuries and deaths caused by their reckless conduct. Our law firm has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have made it a career priority to hold drug and medical device manufacturers accountable and responsible for their actions.

For more information about the surgical mesh lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson and to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a case, contact our law office by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions about your history to get started.

by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.