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FDA Reveals 142 Cases of Tainted Scopes

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:31 PM

A new analysis of Food and Drug Administration information has found 142 reports of contaminated medical devices used at U.S. hospitals and possible patient infections since 2010.

The analysis, reported by the Los Angeles Times, raises new concerns about the potential harm to patients from a controversial medical scope at the center of a superbug outbreak in February at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

In the wake of that outbreak, the FDA issued a nationwide alert to hospitals about duodenoscopes — used in endoscopic procedures — manufactured by Olympus Corp. and the company revised cleaning instructions.

The FDA had previously said it received about 75 reports on tainted duodenoscopes that caused patient infections in 2013 and 2014.

But the new analysis shows the number of patients involved is at least twice that number and could be far higher than 142 because one adverse event report may include numerous people.

The new details emerged in advance of an advisory panel the FDA is convening next week to examine recent scope-related superbug outbreaks at several U.S. hospitals.

About 669,000 endoscopic procedures were performed last year on patients battling cancer, gallstones, and other digestive issues, federal records show

"The transmission of infectious material from patient to patient during [endoscopic procedures], although uncommon, represents a serious public health concern," the FDA said in its latest report.

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