7 things for gastroenterologists to know for today – March 6, 2015

Here are seven news updates for gastroenterologists to know for March 6, 2015.

FDA addresses lack of clearance for scopes tied to infections.
The Olympus duodenoscope model TJF-Q180V does not have FDA 510(k) clearance, but in a statement the FDA does not recommend cancelling ERCP procedures for patients in need. The device now has a pending 510(k) application, and the FDA does not plan to remove the device from the market for fear that such action could lead to a shortage of duodenoscopes. The agency does not believe the lack of 510(k) clearance is associated with infections. Infections have been reported in cases involving all three major manufacturers of duodenoscopes.

FDA clears 4 GI devices in February.
The FDA granted 510(k) clearance to four GI/endoscopy devices in February. Clearance went to devices from BioFire Diagnostics, Covidien, Intuitive Surgical and Olympus.

AGA, ASGE release recommendations for dysplasia management and surveillance in IBD patients.
The American Gastroenterological Association and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy released updated recommendations for surveillance and management of dysplasia in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The recommendations included in the statement are the result of collaboration from many stakeholders including endoscopists, pathologists, nurses, IBD experts, patients and more.

EndoChoice raises $57M in equity financing.
EndoChoice closed $57 million in preferred equity financing. The financing will go towards marketing and sales efforts of the Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy platform.

AGA names inaugural class of Future Leaders Program.
The American Gastroenterological Association named its inaugural class of the Future Leaders Program. The Future Leaders Program is designed to identify GI physicians who will lead their specialty and provide a pathway for career development.

SGNA releases recommendations to avoid infections tied to ERCP scopes.
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates joined the several other professional physician and infection prevention organizations and released a statement on infection transmission through ERCP duodenoscopes.

ACG launches new award for CRC awareness.
The American College of Gastroenterology launched the first annual SCOPY Awards, designed to honor ACG members for efforts made during Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.  The recognition is a service award for colorectal cancer outreach, prevention and year-round excellence. Winners will be invited to a special reception at ACG 2015 in Hawaii.

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