Medtronic Insulin Pumps Recalled After 1 Killed, Thousands Injured From Incorrect Doses

Ruben Fields
February 15, 2020

Medtronic has recalled two insulin pumps after more than 2,000 injuries and one death.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for an insulin pump that thousands of people use with Type 1 diabetes. Without this ring, or if it's broken, the pump may deliver too little or too much insulin, both of which can lead to problems known as hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, respectively.

A Class I recall is the most serious type of recall. Patients should contact Medtronic to obtain a replacement pump and follow their doctor's recommendations and perform manual insulin injections. Severe hyperglycemia can result in a loss of consciousness, seizure, and death.

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If the pump is dropped by accident, check the pump and retainer ring for damage and stop use if it is damaged.

In November, the medical device maker attempted to notify their customers about the faulty retainer, advising users to examine their pump to be sure the cartridges are firmly locking into the compartment, and also confirm the retainer ring is properly placed and undamaged. The reservoir can become loose due to a broken or missing retainer ring that prevents a proper lock.

Customers who would like more information about this recall or have questions can call Medtronic's 24-hour Medtronic Technical Support at 877-585-0166.

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