Posts Tagged 'morcellator'

Understanding the People Behind the Stories

Long time readers of this blog know that we go to fairly significant lengths to ensure that our posts are about the drugs, devices, and corporations that put patients at risk; not the victims themselves. Sure, at times, we’ve mentioned specific names when that information has been published for public knowledge. It is, after all, far easier to identify with a named person rather than an “unnamed plaintiff.”

However, in some cases, it is the people themselves that become larger than ...

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Morcellator Critics Subjected to Enhanced Security Measures Prior to Surgery

morcellator critics subjected to extra security at hospitalThis blog has been covering the story of Dr. Amy Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, since we started discussing power morcellators and the risks the devices pose to the public.

Drs. Reed and Noorchashm are both esteemed physicians. Dr. Reed is an anesthesiologist and Dr. Noorchashm is a cardiothoracic surgeon. They are also highly vocal critics of power morcellators, their manufacturers, and the hospitals that chose to ...

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One of First Power Morcellator Lawsuits Settled

morcellator case settled for undisclosed amountThe Wall Street Journal reports that one of the first power morcellator lawsuits filed, and what would have been the first to proceed to trial, has been settled out of federal court for an undisclosed amount. The power morcellator lawsuit was filed in May of last year against medical device manufacturer LiNA Medical. The plaintiff, whose wife died of uterine cancer after a power morcellator procedure, claimed that the ...

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FBI Investigating Power Morcellators

power morcellator manufacturers under FBI investigationNasdaq reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently investigating laparoscopic power morcellators, a type of surgical tool known to spread cancer in women. According to the article, in recent months the FBI has interviewed a retired pathologist who notified Johnson & Johnson—the largest manufacturer of power morcellators—of the problems associated with the device; a doctor who has spoken out about power morcellators’ cancer-spreading side effects; and ...

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Aetna to No Longer Cover Routine Morcellator Procedures

Aetna will no longer cover power morcellator proceduresAccording to Nasdaq, the American health insurance company Aetna, Inc., will no longer cover routine procedures involving laparoscopic power morcellators. Aetna provides the nation’s third largest health care plan, with roughly 23 million members, and its decision not to cover routine morcellator operations will likely have a large impact on manufacturers of the device.

Power morcellators are a medical instrument used in minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, surgery. In ...

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Columbia Study Investigates Increasing Concerns Over the Use of Power Morcellators

The FDA released a statement discouraging the use of power morcellators in gynecological procedures because of significant cancer risks. A story by CBS Pittsburgh reports of a new study by Columbia University that further confirmed that power morcellators can spread undiagnosed stage 1 cancer.

The Columbia University study concluded that an estimated 1 in 368 women have uterine cancer at the time they undergo a gynecologic procedure. As a result, doctors may be unknowingly spreading cancer ...

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