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HSE must completely suspend use of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse repair - Louise O'Reilly TD

17 April, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the HSE must completely suspend the use of pelvic mesh.

This comes following the decision of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to suspend all sales and distribution of surgical mesh used in surgeries to repair pelvic organ prolapse.

Speaking this evening Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The use of surgical mesh on women to repair pelvic organ prolapse came to prominence last year when women suffering from the effects of the use of mesh came forward to share their stories.

“We engaged extensively with these women and following campaigning and lobbying, these women and their campaign groups managed to alert the media to the situation and to force the government to take notice.

“Subsequently, the HSE suspended the use of mesh as a first line treatment. However, the government’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) did indicate that mesh could still be used in more complex cases.

“Sinn Féin, along with the women affected had called for a ban on the use of mesh until the long-term implications could be understood, however, this was not agreed to by the CMO or the Minister.

“When suspending the sale and distribution of mesh today, the FDA said the manufactures had not demonstrated a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for the devices.

“The HSE should follow the lead of the FDA, as Sinn Féin previously suggested, and implement a full suspension of mesh devices for pelvic organ prolapse repair until the device can be proven to be safe in the long-term through quality and independent scientific research.”

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