Toledo, Ohio (PRWEB) July 31, 2014
In a front-page story, the Wall Street Journal (7/30) reports that the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, is withdrawing its laparoscopic power morcellator due to data showing that it can spread undetected cancer. This important story has also been reported by Bloomberg News (7/31), Reuters (7/30), USA Today (7/31), the AP (7/30), the Pittsburgh Business Times (7/30) and TIME (7/30).
The morcellator tool is used during uterine procedures to, “slice up common uterine masses called fibroids, and uteruses themselves, into fragments so they can be removed in minimally invasive surgery.” (Wall Street Journal, 7/30)
J&J previously suspended the sale of new morcellators in April after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication advising doctors not to use the tool. Specifically, FDA concluded that, “based on an analysis of currently available data, it poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.”
The FDA determined that approximately 1 in 350 women who are undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for fibroids have an unsuspected type of uterine cancer called uterine sarcoma. It further noted, “If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in these women, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.”
According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in March, more than 20,000 minimally invasive or robotic hysterectomies are done annually.
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Wall Street Journal (7/30) http://online.wsj.com/articles/johnson-johnson-to-call-for-voluntary-return-of-morcellators-1406754350
FDA News Release (4/17/14)
JAMA: Evaluating the Risks of Electric Uterine Morcellation (March 2014)