Patients who have suffered serious harm due to a defective medical device
or dangerous drug surely wonder whether the FDA is really going the extra
mile to safeguard consumers from potentially harmful devices and drugs.
Two doctors in Philadelphia believe the FDA is absolutely
not protecting consumers. The couple is literally in the fight of their life
to try and prevent others from dealing with the same type of medical nightmare
they have faced.
Anesthesiologist, Dr. Amy Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm have
been on a campaign for more than a year to ban a specific procedure they
feel is responsible for Amy’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Reed
underwent surgery to remove fibroids in her uterus. During this procedure,
the fibroids are shredded, then removed through small incisions via a
device known as a power morcellator. Unfortunately, among women who have
leiomyosarcoma cancer hidden in those fibroids, ground-up pieces of the
cancer can be left inside the body, spreading the virulent cancer throughout the body.
The Fight to Ban Power Morcellators
Reed’s cancerous cells spread to her abdomen, leading the couple
to start a petition to convince the FDA to ban the use of power morcellators
when used to remove uterine fibroids. Massachusetts General and Brigham
and Women’s Hospital reviewed the procedure, and made the decision
to limit occasions when the procedure would be used. After Noorchashm
and Reed began their petition, articles were published in the JAMA which
questioned the safety of the procedure.
As the couple continued their fight, one German company which manufactures
power morcellators threated legal action against Noorchashm, claiming
the campaign against power morcellators defames the manufacturer. One
letter to Noorchashm from Storz said the company would not tolerate the
Noorchashm’s allegations. Noorchashm refused to back down, claiming
the company’s Storz morcellator was used by a Boston surgeon, causing
his wife’s undetected cancer to spread throughout her abdominal cavity.
No Recall of Power Morcellators by the FDA
Nationwide, approximately 60,000 surgical procedures are performed each
year in the United States using a power morcellator. The FDA estimates
one in 350 women may develop a deadly form of cancer when they undergo
procedures using a morcellator. Although the FDA did alert doctors regarding
the risks related to power morcellators, the agency does not believe there
is sufficient evidence to recall morcellators. Storz is one of many morcellator
manufacturers. Johnson & Johnson is also facing lawsuits related to
Fighting Recurrence of Uterine Cancer Caused by Power Morcellator
Dr. Reed claims she was never warned of any potential risks associated
with power morcellators. Reed and Noorchashm have six children under the
age of 12. After a year in apparent remission, Reed is now fighting a
recurrence of her uterine cancer. In March, 2015, Reed underwent surgery
to remove a tumor in her spinal column and was set to follow up with radiation.
The couple and their children moved back to the Philadelphia area where
they have extended family. Nonetheless, the couple vows to continue to
fight against the use of power morcellators and believe the FDA should
have increased their efforts to protect consumers.
Lawsuits Against Morcellator Manufacturers Increase
Reed and Noorchashm have even spoken to FBI investigators, believing the
use of morcellators is a violation of federal law which has led to the
loss of life for many women. A wrongful death lawsuit filed in the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania claims a 53-year old wife and mother died from
uterine cancer less than a year following a hysterectomy using a power
morcellator. A power morcellator lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court
for the District of New York claims a robot-assisted hysterectomy using
a power morcellator was responsible for a diagnosis of uterine cancer.
It is expected that many more morcellator lawsuits will be filed as time passes.
National Dangerous Drug Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with advanced stage uterine
cancer after your physician used a morcellator during your hysterectomy,
you may be able to file a lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options
or to schedule a free consultation call the
Philadelphia class action lawyers at Golomb & Honik today at 1-800-355-3300 or 1-215-985-9177 or fill out our confidential
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