Senator asks Olympus if repaired duodenoscopes are safe following outbreak — 3 insights

After a recent bacterial infection left five patients sick in an overseas facility, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., wrote Tokyo-based Olympus requesting information proving their redesigned duodenoscopes were safe, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Here's what you should know.

1. The FDA linked infections to duodenoscopes, which Olympus recalled and repaired after a previous bacterial outbreak.

2. Sen. Murray asked Olympus to provide data showing providers could properly disinfect and use the repaired scope.. She led the initial investigation tying the duodenoscope to the previous outbreak in 2016.

3. An Olympus spokesperson told Sen. Murray's office the company would cooperate with the senator and answer her questions. The spokesperson reiterated to the LA Times, Olympus' stance that, "It is premature to reach a conclusion regarding the [outbreaks] cause or causes."

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