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Tainted Scopes Linked to More Deaths

Tainted scopes made by Olympus Corp. may be behind another superbug outbreak at an unnamed hospital. The outbreak sickened six patients and killed two, according to a regulatory report filed by the device manufacturer. The duodenscope involved in the outbreak was recalled by Olympus in January, but had not yet been returned by the hospital.

Under federal law, the hospital should also have filed a report with regulators, which it apparently failed to do.

In January, a Senate report linked tainted duodenscopes to at least 25 superbug outbreaks worldwide. The FDA found the devices were unsafe as designed, but refrained from pulling them off the shelves because the devices are used in potentially life-saving procedures for which no alternative exists.

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