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Morcellator Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes New Report Suggesting Informed Consent Needed Prior to Uterine Morcellation
Date:8/6/2014

zU3Ni5odG0=" onclick="linkClick(this.href)" rel="nofollow">U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that use of the devices in gynecological procedures could spread undetected uterine cancer cells throughout a woman’s body. Last month, the agency convened a meeting of outside advisors to further investigate the issue, at which time a number of patients and their family members asked the FDA to ban power morcellators.**

Court records indicate that a number of morcellator lawsuits are now pending in U.S. courts, all of which allege the devices caused the spread of cancers in women who underwent uterine morcellation. The first was filed in February in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the husband of a 53-year-old woman who died from uterine cancer less than a year after she underwent power morcellation (Case No. 14 5557) On May 1, 2014 a similar complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York on behalf of a woman who blames uterine morcellation for the spread of leiomyosarcoma in her abdominal cavity. (Case 6:14-cv-06218) That case was followed by the May 13th filing of a complaint in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, which alleges 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)

In recent weeks, the controversy surrounding uterine morcellation has only grown. For example, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on July 22nd reported that as many as 1 in 368 women undergoing such procedures may have undiagnosed cancers present in their uterus. While women over 65 were more likely to have undetected cancer, the study found that 32 percent of the morcellation patients with undiagnosed disease were younger than 50.***

Since the publication of that study, a power morcellator recall was announced by Johnson & Johnson’s
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