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Australia bans transvaginal mesh products for pelvic organ prolapse

Thu 07, Dec 2017

Transvaginal mesh products used by surgeons to treat pelvic organ prolapse have been banned by Australia’s medical devices regulator (the Therapeutic Goods Administration, TGA), which found the products are too risky.

Congratulations to the many women whose years of lobbying have led to last weeks ban of transvaginal mesh for prolapse surgery by the TGA. It is disappointing that doctors can still apply for these devices to be implanted in women under the Special Access Scheme.
 
We call on state and commonwealth health departments not to forgot the ongoing needs women who have been injured by mesh. We encourage health services to partner with mesh-injured women and co-design the medical and support services they need.

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Read joint media statement by Health Consumers Councils across Australia
Read full The Guardian article
Read full Newcastle Herald article
Read the TGA statement

 

 


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