Australian women to sue medical device manufacturer

Hundreds of Australian women are reportedly preparing to sue American Medical Systems over the effects of a mesh-based product.

9News reports that over 100 claims, being examined by Shine Lawyers, detail the claimed effects of a polypropylene product designed to deal with prolapse.

The implants were the subject of a US class action, which saw 30,000 claims settled and payouts amounting to nearly $US 1 billion.

The product, which has been said to damage pelvic organs and lead to pain, bleeding and infection, is still sold locally.