In a shocking discovery, the Maharashtra state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came to know that 3 of the top hospitals in Mumbai were reusing single-use Medical Devices without the knowledge and consent of patients who were charged full price for the already used device.
Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Hiranandani Hospital in Vashi, and BSES Hospital in Andheri have come under the scanner for reusing medical devices. According to the search by the FDA team, medical devices like guiding catheters and balloon catheters used in the common angioplasty procedures to remove blockages in arteries were found to be reused. In addition, the FDA team discovered that at the leading hospitals, they would charge patients 4 times the price of the device.
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The FDA raids showed that between the months of January and March, Fortis used medical devices meant for 45 patients a total of 66 time, Hiranandani used devices meant for 44 patients 71 times and BSES used devices meant for 69 patients 95 times.
The concerned hospitals been issued show-cause notices after the intelligence branch of FDA completed their investigations and have stopped reusing the products.
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