Posts Tagged 'morcellator cancer lawsuit'

FDA Not Doing Enough to Protect Women

report says FDA not doing enough to protect women from faulty medical devicesA study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University has concluded that the FDA has largely failed in its responsibility of protecting women from faulty or poorly designed medical devices.

Of the 18 devices approved between 2000 and 2015 for high risk application to women’s medical care; including fetal monitoring, contraception, and uterine bleeding:

  • Four failed to demonstrate that they were actually effective,
  • Six ...
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Doctors Explore Alternative to Power Morcellation

Sonata emerges as alternative to power morcellatorsGiven what we now know about the risks of power morcellation, it should come as no surprise that the search for alternative methods for uterine fibroid removal has been a fairly urgent one. No surgeon wants to replace a minimally invasive surgical technique with one that requires more recovery time and increases the patient’s risk of infection. But, given the alterative – the risk of spreading an as yet undiagnosed ...

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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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Power Morcellator MDL Committee is First with Female Majority

morcellator mdl committee first with female majorityFor the first time in history, a multi-district litigation committee has been created that is comprised of more women than men. The committee appointments, made by US District Judge Kathy Vratil, center around the current multidistrict litigation regarding power morcellators manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit.

Power morcellators are under fire for their role in spreading un-diagnosed uterine cancer cells throughout a woman’s abdomen while undergoing various ...

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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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Initial Status Conference Scheduled for New Power Morcellator MDL

morcellator mdl status conference scheduledIn a recent case management order, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil set November 18 as the date for an initial scheduling conference for the newly consolidated power morcellator multidistrict litigation. Centralized late last month in Kansas, the litigation initially included 20 power morcellator lawsuits, 15 of which concerned Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit.

Laparascopic power morcellators are employed in non-invasive surgery to remove masses in the uterus. The device is inserted through ...

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