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Morcellator Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Reactions to Johnson & Johnson Power Morcellator Recall
Date:8/1/2014

l, the 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, resulting in an upstaging of the disease and greatly reducing her chances of long-term survival.

Last month, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study which found 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.**

According to a report from Bloomberg.com, Johnson & Johnson initially suspended sales of its Ethicon power morcellators on April 30th, stating that it was awaiting further guidance from the FDA. In announcing its decision to recall several of the devices, the company noted that risks and benefits associated with power morcellators remain uncertain. *** In a letter to its customers posted on the Ethicon website, hospitals were asked to return three models of power morcellators: Gynecare Morcellex and Gynecare X-Tract tissue morcellators, and the Morcellex Sigma tissue morcellator system.****

In the meantime, court records indicate that morcellator lawsuits have been mounting in U.S. courts since the beginning of the year. The first was filed in February by the husband of a 53-year-old woman who died from uterine cancer less than a year after she underwent power morcellation filed a morcellator lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. (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 b
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