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The Food and Drug Administration, which has encountered recent criticism for not acting more aggressively to address infections spread by contaminated medical scopes, said Thursday it will begin requiring manufacturers of certain reusable devices to submit data showing they can be cleaned reliably.

The agency also announced that it will convene a panel of experts in May to study the safety issues facing duodenoscopes. These were the specialized endoscopy devices behind the recent outbreak of a drug-resistant “superbug” at two Los Angeles hospitals, as well as similar outbreaks around the country in recent years.

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