The FBI has launched an investigation into what Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks posed by its laparoscopic power morcellators before the company pulled the devices off the market last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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What’s the Problem?
May 27, 2015 – The FBI investigation equals more bad news for morcellators, amid tightening restrictions from insurers and a Nov. 2014 warning by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) which stated that the instruments should not be used on the vast majority of women. Johnson & Johnson pulled its morcellators off the market last year, but the FBI is now investigating how much the company knew about the dangers of the devices before it took action.
According to the WSJ article:
“Over the past several months, FBI agents have interviewed a retired pathologist who alerted J&J about potential problems with morcellators in 2006, a doctor who went public after her own cancer was worsened by the tool in 2013, and a California woman who has collected names of close to 400 patients and families of patients who may have been harmed by the tool, these people said.”
Power morcellators are designed for use in minimally invasive gynecological procedures. The devices cut up benign uterine growths called fibroids so the tissues can be removed through tiny incisions. Morcellators are mostly used during hysterectomy surgeries.
However, the FDA warned in April 2014 that about 1 in 350 women undergo fibroid surgery have previously undetected uterine sarcoma that morcellators can spread and worsen the outcome. In November, the agency called for manufacturers to add a “black-box” warning—its strongest caution—on the tool. Since then, hospitals have drastically reduced their use of morcellators for most surgical procedures.
Do I Have a Morcellator Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in laparoscopic power morcellator lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new morcellation cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after undergoing surgery with a laparoscopic power morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Morcellation Cancer Suit and our lawyers can help.