Thanks to a surgical mesh that was implanted in 2007, 65-year-old Marci Sutin Levin is in such excruciating pain that she can't work, sleep through the night, or have sex. "The pain of childbirth was finite, and you're delivering a child," she says. "This was very, very different. It's relentless, and it's untenable. And it doesn't lead to anything." Levin is one of hundreds of women suing the makers of a vaginal mesh used to hold a woman's organs in place after pelvic floor muscles weaken. Between 2008 and 2010 the FDA received 1,503 reports of injuries, malfunctions, and deaths associated with the product, and now many are blaming the agency for not testing the mesh thoroughly before approving it.
In July, the FDA announced it would investigate claims that the mesh, which is inserted vaginally, is too dangerous. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that tomorrow, a panel of outside FDA advisors will begin a two-day hearing on whether the product is safe enough, or if manufacturers should be required to submit new safety data to keep the products on the market.