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As Power Morcellator Controversy Grows, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Massachusetts Insurers’ Plans to Limit Coverage of Uterine Morcellation
Date:8/22/2014

roughly 1 in 350 women with fibroids has uterine sarcoma cells within that tissue. Dissemination of cancer cells outside of the uterus via a power morcellator can result in the upstaging of the disease, greatly reducing a patient’s chances of long-term survival.

Since the FDA issued its warning, calls to limit or ban the use of uterine morcellation have grown. In July, the agency convened a meeting of outside advisors to discuss the procedure’s risks and benefits. During the proceeding, the panel members heard emotional testimony from a number of cancer patients and their loved ones, many of whom urged the FDA to ban power morcellators.** This week, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, both Democrats from New York, wrote a letter to the FDA asking it to urge manufacturers of the devices to issue power morcellator recalls in light of their potential to spread cancer.***

Highmark, Inc., one of the nation’s largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers, announced last month that it would no longer cover uterine morcellation.**** Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. unit also announced in July that it would withdraw three morcellators from the market because of their uncertain safety profile.*****

Alleged victims of uterine cancers that were spread via a power morcellator may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To learn more, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or call the Firm directly for a free, no-obligation case review at 800-511-5092.

*telegram.com/article/20140809/NEWS/308099942/0, Worcester Telegram, August 9, 2014
**bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/07/11/agreement-reached-whether-fda-should-ban-hysterectomy-cutting-tool/EkXZaFAUUnT5HZ7DBQvWbM/story.html, Boston Globe, July 11, 2014 '/>"/>

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