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FDA targeted maker of scope-cleaning machines long before superbug outbreaks
FDA targeted maker of scope-cleaning machines long before superbug outbreaks

Federal regulators halted manufacturing and sales at a Pennsylvania company in 2012 that made the scope-washing machines used at UCLA and two other hospitals with recent superbug outbreaks. The washers — known as automated endoscope reprocessors — were produced by Custom Ultrasonics. Despite the regulatory action, the company's machines remain in use by more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals and clinics to clean reusable medical instruments. But The Times has learned that in September 2012 the Food and Drug Administration ordered Custom to cease operations, and the company is still barred from manufacturing or shipping new products. The company continues to service its washers...

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