Forbes released a story calling for improved FDA regulation for medical devices after all of the problems that have arisen due to power morcellators. The article highlights the death of Dr. Amy Reed, an anesthesiologist who was the spearhead case in getting the morcellators pulled from the market.
After she discovered that she had uterine cancer caused by the morcellator after an operation, she and another doctor went to the FDA to demand a ban. That lead to the 2014 study that showed that cancerous uterine fibroids were much more common than thought and that morcellators spread cancerous cells throughout the operation site. That lead to their withdrawal from the market.
Since that time, Dr. Reed has died, but the case brought much scrutiny in how the FDA approves medical devices. There is a balance of interests that must be preserved. New technologies do help patients lead healthier lives, but technologies don’t always work as advertised or present complications down the road. Morcellators did reduce infections and scarring from traditional uterine fibroid surgery. However, the problems they did cause were much worse.
If you’ve been injured or had a loved one killed by a medical device, you need to speak out like Dr. Reed did so that others don’t fall victim as well. One way to start is to get a lawyer on your side. The medical product liability lawyers at John Foy & Associates are ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.