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Couple Who Brought Attention to Morcellator Cancer Risks Testify on Second Day of FDA Advisory Panel Meeting, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
Date:7/13/2014

drugs and medical devices. The Firm is now evaluating morcellator lawsuits on behalf of women who may have experienced the spread of undiagnosed uterine sarcoma and other cancers due to uterine morcellation.

Power Morcellators and Cancer
According to a report from CBS News in Boston, Drs. Noorschasm and Reed have been leading efforts to ban uterine morcellation since Dr. Reed’s cancer diagnosis last year.** A petition posted by the couple on Change.org now bears nearly 12,000 signatures.***

In April, the FDA warned that the use of uterine morcellation might allow undetected uterine sarcoma and other cancers to spread outside of the uterus. The agency estimates that 1 in 350 women undergoing fibroid removal have uterine sarcoma cancer cells in their fibroids. Unfortunately, the cancer is almost never discovered until after fibroids have been removed and biopsied. Spread of the disease beyond the uterus will greatly diminish a woman’s chances of long-term survival, according to the FDA.

Since Drs. Noorschasm and Reed began campaigning against power morcellators, court records indicate that a number of morcellator lawsuits have been filed in courts around the country on behalf of women who allegedly experienced the upstaging of uterine cancers due to the devices. Most recently, a case was filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California on May 13, 2014 that claimed the use of a Wolf Power Morcellator promoted the dissemination of uterine cancer cells throughout a woman's peritoneal cavity (Case No. Case5:14-cv-02209-PSG).

Victims of uterine sarcomas or other cancers that were allegedly spread via uterine morcellator may be entitled to file
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