2016-02-08 22:02:42 UTC

AGA Works with Senate Committee to Eliminate Risk of Superbug Infections

Feb. 10, 2016

AGA is committed to patient safety and is working closely with government officials to prevent future outbreaks.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has introduced the Preventing Superbugs and Protecting Patients Act to address the recent outbreaks of superbugs by contaminated scopes. AGA submitted a letter of support to the Honorable Patty Murray, ranking member of the committee, to express its shared commitment to patient safety and to ensure that these outbreaks are prevented.

The Preventing Superbugs and Protecting Patients Act addresses the recent outbreaks by requiring manufacturers of duodenoscopes to submit proposed cleaning instructions to FDA as part of the 510 (k) process for marketing the devices. This provision provides FDA with clear statutory authority to provide manufacturers with proper guidance and approval on new cleaning instructions so they are aware of what is necessary for approval.

AGA, through the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology, has taken the lead on this important issue. On Feb. 5, center leaders Michael Kochman, MD, and Joel Brill, MD, were invited to meet with Senator Murray's staff to discuss the legislation.

AGA is committed to finding solutions to ensure patients continue to have access to medically necessary procedures, while removing any risk of device-transmitted infections. We remain committed to “Getting to Zero” by working with all stakeholders in educating patients and providers, and working with manufacturers on redesigning the endoscopes and finding new ways to clean them to prevent infection.

Stay tuned for additional updates from the center on this high-priority issue.

More on Endoscopy

Attend the AGA Postgraduate Course for Practical, Take Home Information

Feb. 12, 2018

Join us on June 2-3 in Washington, D.C. This course is held in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018.

Compendium of AGA 2017 Clinical Guidance

Dec. 21, 2017

Are you up-to-date on AGA's latest clinical guidance?

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)

Dec. 19, 2017

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the premier meeting for the GI professional. Every year it attracts approximately 15,000 physicians, researchers and academics from around the world who desire to stay up-to-date in the field.