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Michelle Parfitt and Drew LaFramboise Published in Trial Magazine

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Senior partner and leader of Ashcraft & Gerel’s pharmaceutical and medical device group Michelle Parfitt, along with associate Drew LaFramboise, are featured in this month’s issue of Trial Magazine.

Ms. Parfitt and Mr. LaFramboise’s article discusses the dangers of a surgical device called a power morcellator. A morcellator is a surgical tool typically used in hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures.  Using a small, spinning blade, the morcellator tool cuts into uterine fibroid tissue, which is then extracted via a small incision.  The product is designed to make the surgery minimally invasive and the recovery time less than a traditional procedure.

However, in the past few years, morcellators and their manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, have come under fire from the FDA regarding the safety of the device. Some women have had an undiagnosed, virtually undetectable uterine cancer when undergoing a power morcellator hysterectomy. The spinning blade can spread the cancerous cells throughout the patient’s body, putting the patient in grave danger. Three women in the Rochester, New York area have died as a result of cancer being spread by the power morcellator. As a result, the FDA has slapped the product with a “black box label,” the most aggressive of all FDA warning categories. Major insurance carriers have either placed heavy restrictions of their coverage of the morcellator procedure or simply stopped covering it entirely. Johnson & Johnson ceased global sales of the controversial tool in late April 2014 and later issued a worldwide recall.

Ms. Parfitt and Mr. LaFramboise, along with the rest of the pharmaceutical and medical device team, have been working hard to ensure our who have been impacted by this surgical device receive the justice and compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has experienced the serious injury or death caused by the use of a power morcellator, we are here to help. Contact us online today or call us at 800-829-7037 for a free and confidential consultation with one of our experienced morcellator lawyers.