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Cancer and Power Morcellators
Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with power morcellator cases. Below, attorney Sean Tracey discusses the link between cancer and power morcellators.
"These devices can increase the risk of upstaging cancer. In women who have uterine cancer that's undiagnosed and undiagnosable, doctors were using power morcellators to remove what they believed were benign fibroids. But because there was no way to know whether they were benign or not and the risk estimate had been grossly underrated for 20 plus years, doctors were unknowingly spreading cancer in women and killing them."
"This all came to light in 2013 when a Penn trained physician named Amy Reed was morcellated for what she thought were benign fibroids. Her cancer spread and she died in 2017."
"Because they were well-known physicians, she and her husband raised an incredible amount of noise about this issue. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) looked at this and they ended up doing a black box label change." An FDA black box warning is the highest warning possible for a dangerous medical device, short of issuing an FDA recall.
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Several different companies manufactured power morcellators, including Johnson & Johnson and Karl Storz Endoscopy America. Many hospitals stopped using power morcellators in 2013 due to the increased risk of cancer. And in 2016, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall for its power morcellators and withdrew the devices from the market.
But such actions cannot reverse the damage caused by these devices. "They should have known about the risk based on the literature that was being reported," Tracey said. That's why our law firm works so hard on these cases. We believe that doctors, hospitals and power morcellator manufacturers should be held accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with uterine cancer after a morcellation procedure, contact our law firm and schedule a free case evaluation today. We want to learn more about exactly what happened, and then explain all the legal options available to you. Our law firm has offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.