Vaginal mesh: Government apology for 'agony' falls short

Alana Mitchelson of The New Daily writes:

Australian women will continue to be exposed to severe chronic pain from mesh implants that remain on the market despite the government admitting they cause “horrific” pain.
Health Minister Greg Hunt issued a national apology on Wednesday to women who are suffering debilitating pain from mesh implants as he released the government’s response to the inquiry report, promising “sweeping action”.
Mr Hunt said a national register will be introduced to maintain records of implant devices used in urogynaecological procedures and any adverse events.
But the “sweeping action” Mr Hunt has promised remains unclear to those affected.
Minister Hunt’s office did not respond to The New Daily‘s repeated requests for comment on why only one type of mesh has been banned and whether financial support would be provided to those affected.
While the Therapeutic Goods Administration announced in November that certain mesh products would be banned, it is understood these products were only used in a minority of cases.
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson only withdrew its pelvic mesh device from the Australian market shortly after becoming the centre of a class action lawsuit.
[category: Aust, reproductive rights]

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