For the second time, four Democratic lawmakers are seeking hearings into two controversial medical devices, the Lap-Band surgical weight loss device, made by Allergan Inc. and transvaginal meshes made by Johnson & Johnson.
In a letter sent last week, the group, led by U.S. Representative Henry Waxman of California, asserts that both transvaginal mesh products and the Lap-Band devices are hazardous to patients, and that an investigation of their issues is vital at this time.
The group urged Republicans who control the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold the hearing and demand documents from manufacturers, according to a report by Bloomberg. The request is needed as it comes at a time when Congress is considering a complete overhaul of FDA rules for medical devices, according to the Democratic lawmakers.
“The committee should hold hearings to examine whether FDA device regulation has been ineffective in protecting the public from dangerous medical devices like the Lap-Band and intravaginal mesh,” Waxman and the other Democrats wrote in the letter.