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FDA warns against laparoscopic power morcellation for hysterectomy, myomectomy

November 24, 2014

The FDA today released an “immediately in effect” guidance that recommends laparoscopic power morcellators list a boxed warning and two contraindications on the label due to the risk for the device to disseminate unsuspected uterine cancer.

“The FDA’s primary concern is the safety and well-being of patients, and taking these steps will help the agency’s safety recommendations to be implemented as quickly as possible,” William Maisel, MD, MPH, deputy director for science and chief scientist at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a press release. “Updating the device label with a boxed warning and contraindications will provide clinicians and patients with critical information about the risk of spreading cancerous tissue when these procedures are performed.”

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