BOSTON — Johnson & Johnson is settling lawsuits alleging that its powered morcellators actively spread cancer throughout the bodies of women, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Approximately 100 claims have been filed against J&J, and nearly 70 of them have been settled.
“You certainly don’t always see a company step up and take responsibility this early on,” J&J said in a statement. “That’s something we think is appropriate.”
While the company has taken responsibility for its devices’ risks, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has launched a probe into why the device was allowed to remain on the market for two decades before an FDA warning was issued.
The claims against J&J allege that, during those two decades, the company knew or should’ve known its device could disseminate cancer, but failed to warn medical professionals of the dangers.
The risk of cancer dissemination was not seriously investigated until a victim went public in a Wall Street Journal detailing the nature of her cancer and the increased severity of it after being subjected to a morcellator.
This victim, as well as others, claim that settlements work to hide facts regarding J&J’s knowledge of the situation and the overall dangers of the product.
One of the victims husbands stated: “Each one of these cases is an opportunity to create a public record about what went wrong—both ethically and at a regulatory level—so nothing like it happens again.”
J&J has continued to actively pursue talks to settle the remaining cases pending against them.
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