Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers –
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Power morcellators can spread undetected cancer tissue. Women throughout the U.S. have filed power Morcellator Cancer Lawsuits against the makers of power morcellators. Petitions in these lawsuits charge that morcellator manufacturers failed to warn the women and their doctors about the risks of morcellation devices triggering the spread of undetected cancer tissue.
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FDA Morcellator Warnings
The FDA no longer considers morcellators safe and effective for removing uterine fibroids or other noncancerous growths during hysterectomy or myomectomy. On Nov. 14, 2014, the agency sent a morcellator warning to healthcare practitioners. Johnson & Johnson company Ethicon, Inc. subsequently stopped selling its power morcellators.
Morcellator Primer – WSJ
80% of women over 50 develop uterine fibroids.
Hysterectomy Cancer Link
In July 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported the rate of undetected uterine cancer among women who underwent a hysterectomy involving a power morcellator could be as high as 27 out of every 10,000 procedures, or 1 in 370. The JAMA title suggests power morcellator makers and medical professionals may have initially underestimated the danger of morcellators.
Morcellators recalled by J&J
Johnson & Johnson recalled three of its power morcellators in 2014– the Morcellex Sigma, the Gynecare Morcellex, and the Gynecare X-Tract – after study results showed a significant link between morcellators and cancer.
J & J informed customers in a letter to return the devices known as laparoscopic power morcellators. J&J had already stopped selling new morcellators in April 2014 after FDA advised doctors not to use them for hysterectomies. A morcellator slices up common uterine growths called fibroids, dicing them into fragments so that they might be more easily removed in surgery.
Initially, J&J defended morcellator safety, though the company admitted it was awaiting more guidance from medical professionals.
FDA Morcellator Warnings
In April 2014, the FDA warned doctors not to use the power morcellators since recalled by Johnson & Johnson. This warning preceded an FDA advisory panel meeting June 2014 to discuss safety issues related to power morcellators and potential regulatory status changes for morcellators. An additional advisory panel met later to discuss ways to avoid morcellator dangers.
On November 24, 2014, FDA issued a Safety Communication which announced a “Black Box” warning – the strongest FDA gives – for power morcellators. The warning said risks posed by morcellators outweigh any potential benefits. The warning also noted 1 in every 350 women who undergo a power morcellator procedure could have undetected uterine cancer. It further noted morcellators put too many women at needless risk.
The FDA has not banned power morcellators, but a ban could be issued in the near future over concerns regarding morcellators’ dangerous side effects.
The American Cancer Society said in 2014 that some 54,870 women will be diagnosed with Endometrial cancer, commonly referred to as uterine cancer.
Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers-
Matthews & Associates Morcellator Attorneys are evaluating Morcellator Lawsuits and hysterectomy cancer lawsuits. Based on the evidence today, we believe anyone diagnosed with cancer after a surgical procedure with a morcellator should hold the device maker accountable. Our lawyers have for many years battled the largest medical device makers in the world. We know what it takes to pursue justice and protect clients’ interests in these types of cases.
Morcellator Updates, Class Action Lawsuits
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