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Medical Environment Update: Single-use GI scopes will hit market in 2017

Hospital Safety Insider, November 17, 2016

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German company get FDA approval for disposable device, but will cost and other factors benefit clinics?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the first ever single-use colonoscopy scope for use in endoscopy and endoscopic surgery.

The Invendoscope SC200, as the device is called, was invented by Invendo Medical of Germany as part of the company’s Invendoscopy E200 system. The new scope is being marketed as a safer alternative to reusable scopes, citing a lower risk of infection from its use. The product was approved in September and will be released for sale in 2017 at a cost of around $200 per scope.

“Our one-of-a-kind technology provides a platform specifically tailored to address the need for device sterility during endoscopies, the importance of which has been underscored by various recent ‘superbug’ outbreaks in multiple U.S. hospitals,” said Timo Hercegfi, CEO of Invendo Medical, in a press statement.

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