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AT AN FDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

SILVER SPRING, MD. – Power morcellation devices should be never used for gynecologic procedures, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm testified to a Food and Drug Administration expert panel on July ll.

He called out members of the FDA Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel Advisory Committee by name, seeking to shame them into action to disallow power morcellation for suspected uterine fibroids.

"Is this a safe and logical device?" said Dr. Noorchashm, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. "The only classification for this device is banned – unsafe, illogical, incorrect, and deadly."

Dr. Noorchashm’s wife, Dr. Amy Reed, had a hysterectomy with morcellation for suspected fibroids. Biopsy later confirmed sarcoma was present. Use of power morcellation caused tumor cells to spread, upstaging her sarcoma to stage IV.

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