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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON SUPERBUG OUTBREAK REPORTING ISSUES

April 15, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2015
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | 202-330-1613

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement on USA Today’s investigative report that details issues with timely and effective reporting of medical scope-related superbug outbreaks at hospitals around the nation.  Two superbug outbreaks have taken place in Congressman Lieu’s district – at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“I am deeply disturbed by recent reports that superbug outbreaks due to tainted duodenoscopes were not reported to the FDA.  Further, I am deeply concerned that when these reports did occur, the lag time between the outbreak and the report was far too long.  When someone dies or is infected from the use of a medical device, this should be reported to the FDA as soon as possible, not months later, or in some reported cases, not at all. 

This latest information shows the need for continued investigation and stronger reporting requirements.  I continue my call for a congressional hearing to investigate and find a solution to this problem, and I am currently working on stronger reporting requirement legislation.”

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