Safety Study Ordered By FDA After Bacterial Outbreaks

The FDA is ordering three manufacturers of specialized medical scopes to study how the reusable devices are cleaned following a series of life-threatening bacterial outbreaks at U.S. hospitals. The agency hopes this information will shed light on a recent spate of infections involving antibiotic-resistant superbugs linked to the scopes, defective medical device attorneys note.

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Eight Outbreaks Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Since 2013

According to, the three manufacturers must submit plans to study how well hospital staffers actually follow instructions for disinfecting the medical scopes between uses. Since 2013, there have been at least eight outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant bacteria linked to the devices at U.S. hospitals.

The FDA came under fire earlier this year after two separate outbreaks at Los Angeles hospitals were linked to the scopes. Despite the links to infections, the FDA previously ruled it would keep the devices on the market because they fill an important need in a half-million procedures performed each year. The specialized fiber-optic scopes, known as duodenoscopes, are threaded through the digestive tract to diagnose and treat gallstones, tumors and blockages of the pancreas and bile ducts, the website noted.

Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation

Device makers have a duty to design and produce safe products, and to warn of possible risks associated with their products. Failure to fulfill that duty can result in injuries to patients, and the device maker being held liable for those injuries.

Patients who are injured by defective medical devices may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from injuries. Compensation can be based on factors including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and the ability to work
  • Pain and suffering from an injury

If a loved one dies from complications with a defective medical device, his or her family members may be able to pursue claims for wrongful death damages, which include:

  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one
  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Loss of financial support
  • Medical expenses

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