Tell the FDA to Protect Patients from Superbugs from Endoscopes!

Since 2009, there have been at least four deadly outbreaks of an antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” in US hospitals. One superbug in particular is contracted through the use of endoscopes and colonoscopes that cannot be gotten clean enough even using manufacturers’ instructions.

This “superbug,” known as Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, has a 40% mortality rate. Since 2009 it has killed at least twenty-eight patients and has sickened nearly 200 more.

The FDA has known of this danger since at least 2009 but has done next to nothing. Only this past March did the agency issue a guidance on cleaning the devices that sought to help make the endoscopes safer—though still not sterile.

Ask the FDA to stop playing crony politics with Americans’ health, and do more to eradicate this deadly problem.

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  • Stephen Ostroff


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