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Superbug outbreaks tied to faulty scopes

A number of U.S. hospitals have experienced bacterial outbreaks related to contaminated medical scopes, including at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai hospital.

  • Lawmaker calls for more scrutiny of scope maker after emails are disclosed

    Lawmaker calls for more scrutiny of scope maker after emails are disclosed

    A U.S. lawmaker is renewing his push for Congress to toughen requirements on medical-device warnings, calling Olympus Corp.’s 2013 decision against issuing a broad alert to U.S. hospitals about scope-related superbug outbreaks “despicable.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said internal Olympus emails...

  • Two more deaths may be linked to contaminated medical scopes

    Two more deaths may be linked to contaminated medical scopes

    Two patients died and six more were sickened in a new outbreak suspected of being caused by contaminated medical scopes, according to a regulatory report by device manufacturer Olympus Corp. The report shows that hospitals are continuing to use a device that was recalled in January, which experts...

  • Scope maker Olympus sought price hike amid superbug outbreak

    Scope maker Olympus sought price hike amid superbug outbreak

    Soon after doctors at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center traced deadly infections to tainted medical scopes last year, they pressed the device maker to lend them replacements. But Olympus Corp. refused. Instead, the Tokyo company offered to sell UCLA 35 new scopes for $1.2 million — a 28% increase...

  • Olympus Corp. to pay $646 million to settle kickback charges

    Olympus Corp. to pay $646 million to settle kickback charges

    After Olympus Corp. paid to fly three doctors from a prominent California hospital to Japan for a weeklong vacation, one of the physicians thanked the company for providing them with “so much extra entertainment that we did not expect.”The expense-paid trip was just one of the dozens of illegal...

  • Why it took years for the FDA to warn about infections tied to medical scopes

    Why it took years for the FDA to warn about infections tied to medical scopes

    An outbreak at a Pennsylvania hospital in late 2012 should have been an early warning that a reusable medical scope was spreading deadly infections and nearly impossible to disinfect. But staff at the federal Food and Drug Administration lost the report, one of multiple missteps that allowed doctors...

  • Hospitals failed to report outbreaks linked to tainted scopes, Senate report says

    Hospitals failed to report outbreaks linked to tainted scopes, Senate report says

    The superbug that raged through Bill Warner's body after a routine medical scope procedure in early 2013 was so dangerous that his family was warned about entering his room at a time when he needed them most. For more than eight months after the procedure at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte,...

  • Olympus to recall and redesign medical scope linked to superbug outbreaks

    Olympus to recall and redesign medical scope linked to superbug outbreaks

    Olympus Corp. said Friday that it would voluntarily recall and redesign a troubled medical scope that has been linked to deadly patient infections around the world.The company, which sells about 85% of the duodenoscopes used in the United States, said it would revamp an internal mechanism inside...

  • Dirty scopes needlessly infected scores of patients, investigation finds

    Dirty scopes needlessly infected scores of patients, investigation finds

    Scores of hospital patients treated with medical scopes were infected with potentially deadly bacteria because of repeated failures by manufacturers, regulators and hospitals to report outbreaks, according to a U.S. Senate investigation released Wednesday.The investigators said they had found 25...

  • How a medical device maker kept U.S. hospitals in the dark about deadly infections

    How a medical device maker kept U.S. hospitals in the dark about deadly infections

    The hunt for a deadly superbug that sickened 22 patients at a Dutch hospital began just before noon on a spring day in 2012. Inside a lab in the tiny hamlet of Zoeterwoude, a technician carefully peeled back the tip of a state-of-the art medical scope. Watching him intently was a small group of...

  • Another scope, similar infection worries

    Another scope, similar infection worries

    Long before the recent superbug outbreaks, Olympus Corp. drew national attention for a faulty device tied to patient infections. In 2001, the Japanese company recalled thousands of bronchoscopes from U.S. hospitals after reports of contamination and patient infections. The episode — and the company's...

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