The Doctor’s Advocate | Third Quarter 2014

Patient Safety Alert: 
ACOG Releases Special Report

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a special report, “Power Morcellation and Occult Malignancy in Gynecologic Surgery.’ The report presents the findings and recommendations of a task force of obstetrician-gynecologists representing key areas of expertise, including laparoscopic surgery, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology.

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UPDATE: On July 31, 2014, Johnson & Johnson initiated a voluntary market withdrawal of all Ethicon morcellation devices that currently remain in the market. For more information, go to

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