DOJ Investigates Olympus Following Superbug Outbreak
The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is investigating the potential outbreak of a superbug that has infected and killed patents nationwide.
About the Olympus Endoscope Investigation
According to MassDevice, there have been dozens of hospitals that reported cases of a bacterial infection that are suspected of coming from Olympus duodenoscopes. The superbug is an unidentified bacterial infection.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of 135 possible microbial transmissions. The FDA is convening a special meeting to discuss the how the superbug is being transmitted through procedures within so many U.S. Hospitals.
The DOJ has been reported of subpoenaing the records from Olympus and all its subsidiaries on how the devices were manufactured and sold. They are asking for the records to go back a few years.
Hospital Infection Statistics
- In 2012-2014 the Virginia Mason Medical Center reported that 39 people were infected with a bacterial infection.
- 11 of those people had eventually died.
- At another hospital in LA there 7 patients reported with similar infections.
- Also in Hartford, CT there were reports made about 5 more people that had been infected with over 280 people potential infected.
- In all the hospital total there were over 500 people that could have been potentially infected with the superbug.