FDA under probe over power morcellators’ cancer risk
Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 4:52 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 5:06 pm
Twelve lawmakers have asked a government watchdog agency to inquire further as to why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a long time to warn about power morcellators’ risk of spreading undetected uterine cancer, Medscape reported on Tuesday, August 11.
In a letter addressed to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the members of Congress requested a study about the FDA’s delayed response over the medical device’s cancer risk. Lawmakers also asked the GAO to investigate whether the FDA’s current process of approving medical devices was enough to detect the dangers posed by the device.
In April 2014, the FDA advised surgeons to stop using power morcellators for uterine fibroid removal after learning that 1 in 350 women with benign uterine masses have undetected uterine cancer.
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