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FBI reportedly investigating J&J medical device

The device was pulled off the market last year over concerns it could spread cancer in female patients.

The FBI is reportedly investigating a Johnson & Johnson-made hysterectomy device that can spread cancer in female patients, according to multiple news reports.

Originally reported in the Wall Street Journal, a FBI office in New Jersey is allegedly looking into what the company may have known about the laparoscopic power morcellator.

The agency is, "looking into what the largest manufacturer of it, Johnson & Johnson, knew about the tools and hazards before pulling it off the market last year, according to people who have been interviewed by the agency," according to the Wall Street Journal report.

Last year the FDA pulled the laparoscopic power morcellator, a minimally invasive medical device that is used during hysterectomies, off the market because of the cancer risks.

The FBI declined to comment on the matter to the Wall Street Journal, and told The New York Times for their story, "we just don’t comment on the existence or nonexistence of any investigation."

Johnson & Johnson has told several news outlets, including the New York Daily News, they are not aware of an investigation.

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