Warnings from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released in February 2015 alert patients and medical care providers that contaminated endoscopes may have exposed patients to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” This includes endoscopes manufactured by Olympus American, Inc. These scopes are designed in such a way as to make thorough cleaning difficult, putting patients at risk. If you have questions about an Olympus scope lawsuit, we encourage you to speak with a medical device lawyer from The Fox Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.
A specific type of endoscope—the side-viewing duodenoscope—is utilized in approximately half a million endoscopic procedures annually. This device is designed in a way that is difficult to clean. Bacteria can be secreted in nearly inaccessible crevices, exposing patients to dangerous contact with superbug bacteria. Warnings from the FDA instructed hospitals and physicians to disinfect and clean these devices with extreme care and attention.
Some patients were exposed to the superbug bacteria “carbapenem-resistant Entereobacteriaceae (CRE)” during endoscopic procedures conducted using contaminated duodenoscope devices. Several manufacturers produce these scopes, including Olympus America Inc.
Lawsuits against the company claim that Olympus:
Hundreds of patients were exposed to the superbug outbreak because of contaminated duodenoscopes, with severe and even fatal outcomes. Discuss an injury or wrongful death lawsuit with the attorneys at The Fox Law Firm, P.C. concerning an Olympus scope. We can help you, and we have the resources and experience necessary to build a case and win the recovery you deserve. Contact our office at 1-866-FOX-FIRM today to receive your free consultation or complete our online form.