American medical devices company Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will be withdrawing its line of surgical devices used in hysterectomies and other uterine procedures.
The move comes after the US Food and Drug Administration had raised concerns over the safety of the devices while reports suggested that using the device can spread or increase the growth of undetected cancer inside women. Called the laparoscopic power morcellators, the device has been manufactured by the company's Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit.
AdvertisementConfirming the withdrawal, company spokesman Matthew Johnson said, "Due to this continued uncertainty, Ethicon believes that a market withdrawal of Ethicon morcellation devices is the appropriate course of action at this time until further medical guidelines are established."
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