Power morcellator lawsuits increase
According to Legal Herald, many power morcellator manufacturers are facing an increase in lawsuits after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a safety warning this past year.
Currently, there has been a count of about 30 lawsuits filed against several manufacturers including big names like Richard Wolf GmBH, Karl Storz, Ethicon, and Gyrus ACMI. It was also reported that each of these lawsuits involved a woman that had recently undergone laparoscopic surgery and was diagnosed with uterine cancer after using the morcellator. The plaintiffs had radiation treatments and chemotherapy. There have also been reported deaths among the plaintiffs, even with the treatment.
Ethicon had already announced the withdrawal of their morcellators from the market following the FDA’s safety warning. Ethicon believes that it is the best move until new medical guidelines are released.