FBI investigating link between power morcellators and cancer risk



The FBI has launched an investigation into the use of power morcellators for hysterectomy, and is seeking information on what Johnson & Johnson knew about the use of the devices and the risk of spreading uterine sarcoma, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

According to the publication, FBI agents have “interviewed a retired pathologist who alerted [Johnson & Johnson] about potential problems with morcellators in 2006, a doctor who went public after her own cancer was worsened by the tool in 2013, and a California woman who has collected names of close to 400 patients and families of patients who may have been harmed by the tool.”

The Food and Drug Administration warned in November 2014 that power morcellators should not be used in the “vast majority” of women after 2 days of advisory committee hearings last July. Johnson & Johnson halted sales of its devices in July as well.

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