J&J Pulls From Market Hysterectomy Device Tied to Cancer Spread

July 31, 2014 7:03 AM

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J&J Pulls From Market Hysterectomy Device Tied to Cancer Spread

The move builds on J&J's decision in April to suspend use of the devices after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned doctors that the widely used surgical tool may disperse malignant cells. The equipment, known as a power morcellator, shaves tissue or growths into tiny pieces they can be extracted without open surgery.

J&J's Ethicon unit, the largest maker of the devices, is withdrawing them from the market because the risks and benefits for women undergoing hysterectomies or surgery to remove fibroids remain uncertain, Matthew Johnson, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail. The decision was reinforced by an FDA ...

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