Boston Doctor is “Not Fazed” By Power Morcellator Manufacturer’s Threat to Sue
A Boston doctor whose campaign to ban power morcellator surgery has prompted the Karl Storz Group to threaten legal action against him says he is unfazed by the possibility, Medscape Medical News reports.
According to an interview published on September 5th, Dr. Hooman Noorchasm, MD, said he is “not fazed at all” by the potential lawsuit. “Let them sue me,” he told Medscape Medical News, before relaying doubts that claims against him would stand in court. “No judge in his or her right mind will take this case.”
The possible lawsuit he’s referencing was described in a letter Karl Storz sent last month, in which they accused the doctor of “defaming” its Rotocut device after his wife’s uterine cancer diagnosis last year. “We will no longer tolerate unfounded and unproven allegations such as the ones contained in your previous emails and we will hold you responsible,” the company said in the August note, before stating that they “would not hesitate to take appropriate legal actions to protect our good name and our rights.”
Nationwide Petition to End Morcellation Surgery Includes 84,000 Supporters
Following his wife’s uterine leiomyosarcoma diagnosis last October, Noorchasm made it his mission to raise public knowledge about the association between power morcellator use and the spread of certain cancers. The devices are frequently used in laparoscopic hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgeries, as a means of easily extracting uterine tissue via a tiny incision. Noorchasm’s Change.org petition that asks Barack Obama and the federal government at large to ban this type of procedure garnered 84,340 supporters as of September 9th.
According to Karl Storz, Noorchasm’s efforts have resulted in extremely negative publicity for not only its Rotocut device, but all power morcellators. Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon stopped selling its devices in April, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of the possibility that power morcellators may promote the spread of uterine cancer. According to the federal warning, 1 in every 350 women undergoing this type of procedure may have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma prior to surgery, that may be undetected until after fibroids are removed and biopsied.
On July 29th, Ethicon asked doctors to return all power morcellators they had previously purchased, in an announcement that a “worldwide market withdrawal” of the devices had been issued.
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