The FBI or The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a surgical tool found to spread uterine cancer and what J&J (Johnson & Johnson) were aware about its risks before withdrawing its version of the device last year, reports the Wall Street Journal.
J&J stated in July that it would ask the doctors to give back the device known as laparoscopic power morcellator, which has its application in treating uterine growths called fibroids.
It is not clear what stage the injury is in, said the Journal, citing three people who sat for the interview.
A spokesman of J&J, in the company’s defense, claimed that the company was not contacted by the FBI regarding its Ethicon morcellation devices.
The US FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) made the guidelines a but more strict regarding the use of a uterine surgical technique in November, saying it has been linked to the spread of a rare type of cancer.
This came after the agency decided to issue an alert in April in the previous year discouraging the use of device for removing fibroids.
The devices are generally used for slicing uterine tissue and fibroid in the form of small individual pieces inside the body which allows it to be removed through a small opening. It is hence clear that the procedure is mainly designed for reducing recovery time and reduce wound-site infections.
Yet the technique can cause injury to local tissues and organs and spread unsuspected malignant tissue to places outside the uterus.