Updated:
Original:

Popular uterine fibroid device pulled amid cancer fears

Author:

Health company Johnson & Johnson this week announced it has suspended world-wide sales, distribution and promotion of a popular medical device used to remove fibroids after concerns emerged about the device’s potential to spread a deadly cancer.

New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson’s suspension will affect all of its power morcellator products, which go by the names "Gynecare Morcellex," "Morcellex Sigma" and "Gynecare X-Tract."

Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women of childbearing age, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The Wall Street Journal reports  the company is not permanently pulling the devices from the market.

Johnson & Johnson took action to temporarily halt sales after a Food and Drug Administration advisory April 17 discouraging doctors from using the devices to remove fibroids.

"We believe that suspending the commercialization of these products until their role is better understood and redefined by the medical community is the appropriate course of action at this time."

Most women will develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives, the NIH says. Fibroids are most often benign.

But the FDA says there is a 1 in 350 risk that women undergoing surgery to remove these growths will have an undetected cancer known as a uterine sarcoma.

The case of a 41-year old Boston woman who developed advanced uterine cancer shortly after a hysterectomy recently called attention to the risks, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest maker of the device. The company announced sales will remain suspended until there is more clarity on the dangers of the procedure.

"We are also reaching out to regulatory agencies around the globe as this is a global notification," J&J spokeswoman Sheri Woodruff told Reuters.

Next Up

Yia Vang - media photo - crop 2

Union Hmong Kitchen will move into Mpls. food hall

Chef Yia Vang said they're "so excited to settle in and have a home."

ISSAboveYou - Duluth North Shore - Oct 18 2021

Watch: Mille Lacs, Duluth captured in stunning video from ISS

The space station provides a vantage point 260 miles above the Earth's surface.

2048px-The_Weeknd_with_hand_in_the_air_performing_live_in_Hong_Kong_in_November_2018

Ladies and gentlemen, The Weeknd has canceled his St. Paul show

He's made changes to his 2022 tour that involves scrapping his Xcel Energy Center gig.

Pixabay - police lights, tape

Man released from custody after admitting to fatal shooting in ND

Authorities said there is no threat to the public.

rochester-water-tower

MN water tower in the running for Tank of the Year

It was the only water tank to receive more than 5,000 votes.

first snow

Any sign of snow in the forecast for Minnesota?

The stars could align for some flurries in northern Minnesota this week, but that's about it.

Flickr - 14 year old vaccine shot - Navy Medicine

Walz announces $200 reward for kids 12-17 who get COVID shots

Those ages have the lowest vaccination rates among all eligible age groups.

Related