FBI investigates Johnson & Johnson over power morcellators
Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 10:43 am by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 5:08 pm
The FBI is currently investigating what, exactly, Johnson & Johnson knew about their laparoscopic power morcellator before it was released and while it was on the market, according to a Wall Street Journal article on May 27.
Power morcellators, often used in hysterectomies, are designed to cut up fibroids in the uterus which are then extracted through small incisions. Unfortunately, however, these devices have resulted in the spread of previously undetected uterine cancer in many women. J & J recalled the product last year but has been receiving alerts about its dangers for at least the past nine years.
A former pathologist contacted the company in 2006 to express his concerns that use of the device would spread cancerous cells, thus further threatening a patient’s health. A J & J spokesperson said that after this communication, an additional warning was added to the instructions, explaining that malignant tissue may be spread through its use.
A physician’s assistant in California accumulated a list of women, including her, whose cancers worsened after the device was used in a medical procedure. The list consists of 386 names. This woman, along with the retired pathologists and others who have spoken out against the power morcellator, has been contacted by the FBI as part of its investigation.
The attorneys of Williams Hart are dedicated to representing those whose health has been affected by the use of power morcellators. Call us at (713) 352-7071 today to learn more about holding the responsible parties accountable.