Laparoscopic power morcellators, which are designed to cut and slice fibroids, have also been found to spread cancer in women. As a result, in November 2014, the Food and Drug Administration mandated that the device carry a black box warning, the highest warning of risk that the agency provides. Johnson & Johnson, the largest manufacturer of power morcellator devices, suspended sales of its devices in April 2014, and ultimately recalled the devices in July 2014.
The FBI has now reportedly launched an investigation into morcellator manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, following widespread scrutiny that the company knew of the risks associated with the device before removing it from the market. Sources claim that a department of the FBI based in New Jersey will spearhead the probe, though representatives of Johnson & Johnson deny any contact with agents regarding the matter.
Find out more about the Bureau’s inquiry here.