About Infusion/Insulin Pumps:
According to the FDA: An infusion pump is a medical device that delivers fluids, such as nutrients and medications, into a patient’s body in controlled amounts. Infusion pumps are in widespread use in clinical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and in the home.
In general, an infusion pump is operated by a trained user, who programs the rate and duration of fluid delivery through a built-in software interface. Infusion pumps offer significant advantages over manual administration of fluids, including the ability to deliver fluids in very small volumes, and the ability to deliver fluids at precisely programmed rates or automated intervals. They can deliver nutrients or medications, such as insulin or other hormones, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and pain relievers.
There are many types of infusion pumps, including large volume, patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), elastomeric, syringe, enteral, and insulin pumps. Some are designed mainly for stationary use at a patient’s bedside. Others, called ambulatory infusion pumps, are designed to be portable or wearable.
What is the Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump lawsuit about?
Are Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps Safe?
On February 12, 2020, Medtronic issued a recall of more than 300,000 MiniMed insulin pumps. The FDA designated the recall as a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall, because use of these insulin pumps may cause serious injuries or death.
Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps were recalled because the retainer ring, which helps lock the insulin cartridge into place, may be missing or broken. This can cause insulin overdoses or underdoses, leading to loss of consciousness, seizure, confusion, dizziness, weakness, and even death.
Medtronic, however, failed to warn about the retainer ring’s tendency to malfunction, or to remedy this defect. By February 2020, there were 26,421 complaints that the device failed in this manner, causing 2,175 injuries and 1 death. While Medtronic will replace the pumps after they fail, the company has refused to refund all users for the cost of the product.
Products Subject to Recall
MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pumps
Model 630G (MMT-1715) - all lots before October 2019
Model 670G (MMT-1780) - all lots before August 2019
Model 630G - September 2016 to October 2019
Model 670G - June 2017 to August 2019
What to do
It is important that users of Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps examine the retainer ring of their pump, and immediately stop use if the reservoir does not lock into the pump, or if the retainer ring is loose, damaged, or missing.
If you or someone you love has a recalled Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump, please contact us at 877.529.3707 as soon as possible.
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