US halts sales of pelvic mesh Connected to injuries

U.S. health regulators are halting sales of a sort of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic conditions in girls.

The movement Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration comes from the implants after many years of patients’ reports of injuries and complications.

The FDA advised the two makers to cease selling the mesh immediately, saying they failed to demonstrate the implants are safe to long-term use. Several other big manufacturers have discontinued this product.

Tens of thousands of suits are filed against net manufacturers by individuals who have reported bleeding, pain and disease connected to these devices. Those issues sometimes require several operations to remove or reposition the net.

The FDA action does not apply to net products used to treat conditions such as even rash or hernias.



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