CONGRESSMAN LIEU QUESTIONS THE OLYMPUS CORP. ON MEDICAL SCOPE SAFETY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2015
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | 202-330-1613
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | CA-33) has sent a letter to the Olympus Corporation of the Americas seeking answers to better inform policymakers on how to prevent superbug outbreaks linked to contaminated medical scopes. Several recent outbreaks have been linked to the Olympus manufactured duodenoscope, including two outbreaks in Congressman Lieu’s district, at the UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers.
In the letter, Congressman Lieu questions Olympus on plans to redesign its duodenoscope and what alternative scope cleaning methods might be available for hospitals. Congressman Lieu also questions the fairness of hospitals being required to purchase more duodenoscopes from Olympus due to the inherent design flaw in the device.