Vaginal mesh implants banned in Australia

Carina Anderson was a member of the class action against Johnson and Johnson over pain from vaginal mesh implants, which were used to treat pelvic floor damage on about 8000 Australian women. Photo: AAP
Carina Anderson was a member of the class action against Johnson and Johnson over pain from vaginal mesh implants, which were used to treat pelvic floor damage on about 8000 Australian women. Photo: AAP

THE use of vaginal mesh implants for pelvic prolapse and incontinence has been banned in Australia.

Based on new evidence the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has found that the benefits of using transvaginal mesh products do not outweigh the risks to patients.

The TGA conducted a review following complaints from dozens of Australian women, who all said the device had left them in chronic pain .

“The TGA has today decided to remove transvaginal mesh products whose sole use is the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse via transvaginal implantation from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG),” a statement on Thursday said.

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