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Reports to Feds on deadly bacteria outbreaks arrived late

This system of filing these (MDR) reports is the only thing in place that can tell us that devices are having problems, (and) … it often puts the interests of (device) manufacturers and the hospitals ahead of the public,” says Lisa McGiffert, who heads the Safe Patient Project at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. “It’s a pretty weak system.”

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Filthy surgical instruments: The hidden threat in America’s operating rooms

How dirty medical devices expose patients to infection

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5 Reasons Why Duodenoscope Problems Matter

Duodenoscopes have contributed to deadly CRE infection outbreaks across the country. Learn how to protect yourself.

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Scope superbug: How long did the FDA know about problem?

“This problem has been known since at least 1987,” said Allen, the president of the American Gastroenterological Association. “It certainly is disturbing that a fundamental design issue with these scopes would cause problems for this long.”

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Think Twice Before Choosing Knee Replacement

More than 600,000 such surgeries were performed in 2012, compared with about 250,000 just 15 years ago.

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Virginia Mason to offer warranties on hip, knee replacements

“It’s unacceptable that we make money when we have more complications,” said Virginia Mason’s CEO Dr. Gary Kaplan.

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Study Quantifies Cancer Risk of Morcellation

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Consumers Union Urges FTC to Consider Importance of Hip and Knee Replacement Warranties

As the FTC evaluates the proposed merger of manufacturers Zimmer and Biomet, the group sent a letter to regulators urging the preservation of existing warranties.

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The Device Makers’ Shortcut

The FDA has been criticized for approving medical devices through the 510K (fast track) approval requiring no clinical trials. But there’s another way-read on.

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On the road with the Safe Patient Project

Our mission: ask a large gathering of orthopedic surgeons how long hip and knee implants should be warrantied.

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