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Latest News 18th April 2012

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Date: 18th April 2012
Lorraine sent an email to the MHRA on 5th April 2012
Can the MHRA issue a medical device alert on Vaginal Tape/Mesh? similar format to the the one as below:-
Medical Device Alert: Metal-on-metal (MoM) total hip replacements (MDA/2012/016)

Thank you for the update regarding the successful workshop we look forward to seeing the notes of the meeting on your website, it does sound promising a few things are going to be actioned. Has there been a date set for the information to be uploaded? the women need some hope the MHRA are taking action, many thanks. Lorraine

Date: 18th April 2012
The reply we received from the MHRA
We are not considering issuing a Medical Device Alert on vaginal tapes and mesh as we do not have enough evidence to indicate the problem is with the mesh devices being unsafe, as opposed to a failure of the surgical procedural involved in implanting them. Although as you are aware we continue to review this situation and to investigate all incidents and clinical evidence with the tape and mesh manufacturers.

With regard to the outcome from the recent workshop, we hope to have the notes of our recent workshop on our website as soon as they are finalised and agreed with all the participants who attended.

We are endeavouring to ensure that the MHRA website pages are as up to date as possible with any developments related to the safety of vaginal tapes and meshes so that surgeons and doctors can give the best information possible to patients about the benefits and risks of this type of surgery.

Information related to Vaginal tapes for stress urinary incontinence are on this webpage:-
Click to view external link on Vaginal Tapes for SUI >>>

The British Association of Urological Surgeons. Synthetic Vaginal Tapes for Stress Incontinence - Procedure Specific Information Slings Female >>>

This now refers to an independent review that MHRA have commissioned of all current and up-to-date evidence on the use and potential problems with vaginal tapes and mesh or stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. We hope to have some early information on this in May 2012 that we shall publish on our website a quickly as possible when we receive it. There is also now a link to a new patient information leaflet "Sling procedure for urinary incontinence - female" on the British Association of Urological Surgeons website:
www.baus.org.uk/patients/patient+information/bladder >>> which was one of the outcomes from the workshop at MHRA in March 2011.

Information related to Vaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse is on this webpage:
Vaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse >>>

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