Two Philadelphia women have filed lawsuits against Olympus Corp. alleging that the company’s laparoscopic power morcellators spread cancer throughout their bodies.
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Lawsuits Allege Pennsylvania Women Got Cancer From Robotic Hysterectomy
The lawsuits, which were filed separately in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, accuse Olympus and its subsidiary Gyrus ACMI of misrepresenting their morcellators as being safe, and of failing to adequately warn doctors and patients about the cancer risk associated with the devices.
Morcellators are used to chop uterine tissue into small fragments for removal during a hysterectomy or myomectomy surgery. However, the devices have been reported to spread uterine tissue containing undiagnosed cancer cells into the abdominal and pelvic cavity, where they may be dispersed throughout a woman’s body.
An April 2014 FDA warning stated that about 1 in 350 women who undergo a hysterectomy or myomectomy to remove benign fibroids have undetected uterine sarcoma, and approximately 1 in 500 have undetected leiomyosarcoma. The agency defines leiomyosarcoma as a rare and aggressive form of soft tissue cancer involving smooth muscle cells in the uterine and gastrointestinal areas.
As a result of these problems, FDA issued a second warning in November 2014 which stated that morcellators should not be used on the vast majority of women who require a hysterectomy or myomectomy. The agency also ordered manufacturers of power morcellators to include a black box warning on their products’ labeling highlighting the cancer risk.
The Pennsylvania lawsuits allege that Olympus and Gyrus failed to design their morcellator safely, and that the companies knew or should have known of the dangers associated with the devices. The complaints are: (Case Nos. 150401310 and 150401312, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County).
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