Power Morcellator Petition Garners 11,300 Supporters
More than 11,300 people have petitioned the government to stop use of a device blamed for the ‘upstaging’ of certain uterine cancers in a growing number of power morcellator lawsuits, according to an update on Change.org.
As of July 7th, a petition launched by the husband of a woman whose uterine cancer allegedly spread throughout her abdominal cavity included 11,362 supporters. The man and his wife, who now suffers from Stage 4 uterine cancer after undergoing a morcellator-aided hysterectomy, are both doctors in Boston; she an anesthesiologist and he a thoracic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s. The couple launched the crusade against use of the devices after they became associated with the spread of uterine sarcoma and other cancers.
According to a statistic posted on the petition’s Change.org webpage, uterine morcellation may have deadly side effects on women with uterine sarcoma or another cancer. The average life span of a patient whose sarcoma spread because of a morcellator is only 24-36 months, and only 15 percent of women with Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma (LMS) will live longer than five years, the petition states.
FDA Issues Power Morcellor Warning in April 2014
On April 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly warned about this risk in a public health alert that discouraged doctors from using power morcellators in minimally-invasive fibroid removal surgeries. 1 in 350 women who undergo this type of procedure have undetected cancer cells, which may spread after use of the surgical tool. In the wake of this safety communication, several hospitals in the U.S., including several in Massachusetts, have stopped using morcellators and manufacturers have ceased sales of their products.
Shortly after the FDA’s warning, which also announced the scheduling of an upcoming meeting with its Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Advisory Panel, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit halted sales of certain products pending further safety information from regulators. The FDA panel will convene on July 10th and 11th, at which time experts may suggest whether or not to augment labeling on the devices, and make further suggestions concerning their risks.
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