Transvaginal Mesh Timeline
December 7, 2017
The Mesh Story
The above timeline sets out the major landmarks for transvaginal surgical mesh since its first approval in 1996
In 2014 an Oxford scientist, Carl Heneghan, joined an undercover investigation to expose how the regulation of medical devices is so lax that mesh packaging for fruit could be approved as a medical device to be implanted in people’s bodies.
Here is what has been happening since the Scandal of fruit netting ‘approved as surgical implant’ was reported in The Times
March 2019: Leading manufacturer exits vaginal mesh market
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists quote Carl Heneghan, who said: “Failing products and an unwillingness to develop evidence of safety underpins the vast majority of medical device withdrawals.” He predicted other manufacturers are likely to follow Bard’s lead and withdraw from mesh products.
Nov 26th 2017 BBC reports Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE The University of Oxford’s Prof Carl Heneghan, an expert in the subject, said the draft guidelines were an admission that health services had “got this wrong” – calling the use of mesh a “catastrophe”