Jeremy Hunt, the U.K.’s health & social care secretary, this week ordered a National Health System safety audit of the use of plastic mesh implants to treat vaginal prolapse and female urinary incontinence. Hunt said the review of vaginal mesh and two other products – the Primodos hormone-based pregnancy test and the anti-epilepsy drugsodium valproate […]
The FDA is warning that ERCP endoscopes may allow for the transmission of certain drug-resistant “superbugs,” even if the devices are properly cleaned.
The advisory was issued in the wake of news that contaminated endoscopes are suspected of causing a deadly outbreak of the superbug CRE, or carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), among patients at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles.
(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators have known since at least 2009 that the medical devices at the center of the "superbug" outbreak at UCLA can transmit lethal infections but have not recommended any new safety requirements, a lapse that threatens patient safety, experts in hospital-acquired infections said.
by Marshall Allen and Annie Waldman, ProPublica
This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.
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Scores of speakers expressed outrage before a panel of FDA experts gathered at a public meeting yesterday and today to discuss the future of laparoscopic power morcellators (LPMs), devices used to break up and extract tissue during minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries.