FDA faults companies' tests used in 'superbug' scope cleaning

March 2, 2015 2:14 PM

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A senior Food and Drug Administration official has said that the manufacturers' tests of procedures to clean medical scopes linked with "superbug" outbreaks contained flaws which make their cleaning instructions unreliable.

The scopes were linked to the exposure of 179 patients to drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles and may have contributed to two deaths. Those incidents came to light in February.

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