Fatalities Linked to Olympus Scopes

This past Friday Olympus Corp. announced that it would recall a controversial medical scope linked to deadly superbug infections and give the device a design overhaul, according to an FDA statement.

The scope in question, the TJF-Q180V duodenoscope, is used about 700,000 procedures each year, including those to treat pancreas problems, stomach disorders and cancer. The scope is mounted on a flexible tube and inserted through the mouth or anus. Olympus manufactures about 85 percent of all scopes used in the U.S.

The recall and redesign came in response to a Senate committee report released on January 13, 2015 showing the company knew about the faulty design of its scopes since 2012.

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