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FDA says firms have twice failed to show scopes can be rid of superbugs
FDA says firms have twice failed to show scopes can be rid of superbugs

The Food and Drug Administration, already under fire for its response to superbug outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, has tried and failed twice to get medical scope manufacturers to prove their controversial devices can be cleaned of deadly bacteria. The embattled agency said Monday that it didn't request the information until spring 2014 — despite earlier warnings about tainted scopes — and that it has given device makers three chances to validate their cleaning protocols. Those new disclosures drew immediate criticism from a federal lawmaker and some consumer advocates. All this comes after two patients died at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center from contaminated...

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