(PRWEB) July 30, 2014
The power morcellator attorneys at Parilman & Associates have been representing consumers across the United States for many years in matters involving injuries those consumers suffered as a result of dangerous and/or defective medical products. The attorneys at the firm make a point of remaining up-to-date regarding any news and developments regarding medical products. As such, the firm would like to alert the public to an article that was recently published that suggests that the manufacturers of a power morcellator knew about its potential risks associated with the spread of cancer years before that risk became public knowledge.
The article at issue was published in the Pittsburgh Business Times on May 30, 2014. It was entitled, “EXCLUSIVE: J&J alerted in 2006 to device's surgical risks, doctor says” and a link to that article can be found here. The story focuses on a series of communications that took place between a doctor in Pennsylvania and Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Ethicon, as it’s commonly known, manufactures a line of power morcellators that are used in surgical procedures that includes hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids.
The article states that Dr. Robert Lamparter, a pathologist at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, asked Johnson & Johnson to reconsider the risk to the patient presented by using power morcellators in these types of procedures. According to the article, this specific correspondence was sent in 2006. The company reportedly responded by placing a warning in the instructions for the product.
The article goes on to state that in April of 2014, Johnson & Johnson suspended the worldwide sales of its power morcellators. This suspension came mere days after the United States Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, advised doctors against using power morcellators because of the potential risk of spreading undetected cancer to other parts of patients’ bodies. The Obstetrics and Gynecological Medical Device Advisory Committee of the FDA is meeting this month to discuss the risks associated with this medical device.
The power morcellator lawyers at Parilman & Associates encourage anyone who has undergone a procedure using a power morcellator to remain vigilant for any unexplained symptoms and to obtain a full medical evaluation if any questions arise. Those who have been harmed as a result of the use of this device are also encourage to seek legal advice so that consumers in this position can obtain a better understanding of their legal rights and options.
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