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J&J Ethicon Stops Selling Morcellator Over Cancer Concerns

April 30, 2014 — Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, the world’s biggest manufacturer power morcellators, has halted global sales and promotion because the popular surgical tools could spread cancer.

J&J and Ethicon will stop selling the following morcellators:

  • Gynecare Morcellex
  • Morcellex Sigma
  • Gynecare X-Tract

According to the Wall Street Journal, J&J purchased FemRx and its “Diva” morcellator in 1998. By 2011, they owned a owned a 72% share of the power morcellator market.

On April 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that power morcellators should not be used in hysterectomies or surgery to remove uterine fibroids. About 1 in 350 women who undergoes this procedure actually has uterine sarcoma. When the morcellators grind up fibroids, they can leave behind tiny pieces of tissue and spread cancer throughout a woman’s abdomen and pelvis.

Ethicon is facing at least one lawsuit filed by a woman who died of metastatic leiomyosarcoma at the age of 53, one year after undergoing a hysterectomy with a power morcellator.

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