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Olympus Voluntarily Recalls Defective Medical Scope

Olympus Voluntarily Recalls Defective Medical Scope that Led to Deadly Patient Infections

Olympus, the manufacturer of some allegedly defective medical scopes that have been linked to deadly superbug CRE infections worldwide, announced that it will voluntarily recall and redesign its affected medical scope products. Japan-based Olympus Corporation holds 70% of the share of gastrointestinal endoscopes on the global market.

Disturbing numbers of medical professionals have reported the spread of dangerous, even deadly infections by a variety of medical scopes during the earlier stages of the medical scope-related superbug outbreak. Alarmingly, FDA warnings of the medical device’s flaws were often ignored by doctors performing these procedures. Patients continued to be exposed to bacteria and human tissue left inside a variety of scopes commonly used to examine the lungs, colon, bladder, and stomach, leading to patient-to-patient CRE infections.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 85% of the duodenoscopes utilized in U.S. hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other healthcare facilities were sold by Olympus. Investigators reported that at least 141 patients in nine U.S. cities developed CRE infections from 2012-2015.

“These devices exposed far too many patients and their families to unacceptable risks, and I am pleased to see that the FDA and manufacturers have taken additional actions to protect patients in the future,” stated Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash), who initiated the superbug infection investigation. “The steps taken today are important, but there is much more we need to do to make sure the FDA can respond quickly and appropriately when problems with medical devices occur.”

Contact Lieff Cabraser Superbug Personal Injury Attorneys

Lieff Cabraser has successfully represented thousands of patients across America injured by defective and dangerous medical devices. We currently represent patients who developed “Superbug” CRE infections after undergoing endoscopic procedures, as well as the families of patients who died as a result of CRE infections. If you or a family member have been sickened by an infection you suspect relates to a medical scope, use our online form to contact a plaintiff injury attorney at Lieff Cabraser, or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 for a free, no-obligation review of your superbug injury case.