Olympus America Hit With 'Superbug' Exposure Suit

By Emily Field (March 20, 2015, 7:39 PM EDT) -- A Washington woman infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" after a medical procedure filed suit against Olympus America Inc. in Pennsylvania state court on Thursday, claiming that its allegedly defective duodenoscope caused her infection.

Plaintiff Debbie Newton claims that a design change in Olympus' TJF-Q180V duodenoscope, a flexible tube fed through the mouth and used to perform diagnostic and other medical procedures in patients, was never approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Newton alleges that Olympus knew, or should have known, that the design change made it difficult to properly...

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