It has been announced today that C.R. Bard have chosen to stop production and distribution of all urogynaecological mesh products for SUI and POP and that they are removing all urogynaecological mesh products from hospital and distribution centres.
This is following an ongoing campaign to ban these mesh devices, which was supported by those of us here at talkhealth.
The government previously accepted the recommendation of a review into the safety of these devices, which has caused pain for thousands of women.
Bard have now taken the decision to stop the production of these devices as part of its new business strategy. They have chosen to stop production rather than invest in clinical data to support additional EU requirements.
I have one of these devices, what does this mean for me?
Bard have insisted that those who currently have an implanted device don’t need to have them removed and also that no additional follow-up is required for patients with these.
They do however encourage any patient, carer or healthcare professional who is aware of any complications following a medical device implant to report it via the Yellow Card Site, regardless of how long ago it was implanted.
If you have any concerns or questions about your implant device, they also recommend you speak to your surgeon or clinic who implanted the device for you.
Bard continue to work closely with NHS, NICE and professional bodies. They also state they are committed to helping address the serious concerns raised by women who have experienced complications relating to these mesh devices.
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