More and more evidence is emerging about the dangers of using power morcellators; namely, the risk that they will spread undetected cancer during a procedure such as a hysterectomy. Now the FBI is investigating whether J&J knew about these dangers back in 2006, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Robert Lamparter, a retired pathologist in Lewisburg, PA, states that in 2006 he warned a Division of J&J that power morcellators could spread undetected cancer. The specific Division he says he warned is called Ethicon, the Division of J&J that sold the devices. A spokesperson for J&J has stated that J&J did revise its instructions to say that power morcellators may lead to dissemination of malignant tissue. Dr. Lamparter says this "change" was nothing more than a "legal fig leaf". He said he and gynecologists at Evangelical Community Hospital did not see any substantial change in the training they were given by the company. In August 2014 J&J announced that it was withdrawing power morecellators from the market and it asked "customers" to return them. In November 2014 the FDA issued a Safety Communication about the devices, warning against the use of laparoscopic power morcellators in the majority of women undergoing myomectomy or hysterectomy for treatment of fibroids. J&J states that the FBI has not directlycontacted J&J about an FBI investigation.
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- James J. Pettit