OCTOBER 2015 – U.S. lawmakers are planning to launch an investigation into the FDA regulation of power morcellators. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed to probe into FDA oversight of power morcellators. Although the GAO does not comment on ongoing investigations, it could take some time to complete the probe. Less than a year ago, the FDA stepped up its oversight of the surgical devices, due to the risk of previously undetected cancers spreading, such as uterine sarcoma following uterine surgeries. The investigation is leading some changes in the healthcare industry, such as private health insurers, such as Aetna dropping coverage for any surgeries using power morcellation.
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