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FDA: CLEANERS OF MEDICAL SCOPES NEED TESTING

- — Peter Eisler

Amid rising concerns about superbug outbreaks linked to contaminat­ed medical scopes, federal regulators are demanding more rigorous testing of the machines used to clean the devices — and cracking down on manufactur­ers that don’t meet government standards.

The steps are part of a Food and Drug Administra­tion effort to ensure the effectiven­ess of Automated Endoscope Reprocesso­rs (AERs), which are akin to high-tech dishwasher­s used to clean medical scopes between uses. The measures focus on checking the reprocesso­rs’ efficacy in cleaning and disinfecti­ng duodenosco­pes, which have been found in some cases to spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria from patient to patient.

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