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
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
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Do More to Protect Us from Superbugs from Endoscopes!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]