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

Olympus Voluntarily Recalls Defective Medical Scope

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.

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U.S. Senate Superbug Medical Scope Investigation Shows Alarming Results

US Senate Superbug Medical Scope Investigation

Contaminated medical scopes may have sickened more Americans than federal investigators had originally determined, according to the results of a U.S. Senate investigation released today. The Seattle Times reports the Senate investigation indicates that from 2012 to 2015, antibiotic-resistant illnesses linked to specialized duodenoscopes sickened at least 250 people – most at U.S. hospitals. That number is nearly double the statistic previously identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cases since 2010. [Read more…]

Lexi Hazam Discusses Superbug Infections from Contaminated Medical Scopes

Over the last few months, news outlets have reported on outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” infections at hospitals across the United States, infections alleged to have been caused by insufficiently cleaned and/or defectively designed medical scopes (duodenoscopes). The list of states with hospitals reporting superbug infection outbreaks includes California, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

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