FDA Clears Pentax’s Easier-To-Disinfect Duodenoscope
The US FDA cleared Pentax Medical’s new duodenoscope as the first in the US with a disposable elevator part that reduces the number of parts needed to be disinfected compared to earlier designs.
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Inadequate validation testing paired with highly-publicized bacterial outbreaks in Illinois and California involving use of contaminated duodenoscopes has led to stricter reprocessing standards for those devices. And FDA is likely moving towards tougher reprocessing requirements more broadly for reusable devices in an upcoming guidance.
The new US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement includes language on enhancing regulatory compatibility between the three countries by recognizing quality systems audits performed under the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP). It also stipulates that each trading partner “consider its resources and technical capacity” in ensuring the safety, effectiveness and quality of devices – and more. Medtech industry advocacy group AdvaMed is praising the deal, reached by the three countries on 10 December.