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The latest company to find their life-saving products are causing more harm than good is Medtronic. Two of their MiniMed Insulin Pump models have been declared potentially dangerous by the FDA.
If you or someone you know has used a Medtronic pump and has been injured by its failure to work properly, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact the experts at Zimmerman & Frachtman for a free consultation at (954) 504-6577!
Which Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pumps Are Being Recalled?
Insulin pumps manufactured by Medtronic with model numbers:
The FDA has issued a Class I recall notice indicating that “[u]se of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.” There has been at least one death attributed to a faulty Medtronic insulin pump and over 2,100 injuries.
What Is Wrong With The Defective Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pumps?
These two models of Medtronic insulin pump are designed to deliver a precise amount of insulin directly into the bloodstream to keep the glucose levels regulated 24 hours a day. With the 630G and 670G, the retainer rings which are supposed to help seal the system from the insulin reservoir until the insulin enters the body have been defective and breaking. This prevents the device from working properly.
What Happens If The Ring On The Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pumps Is Broken?
The problem is that users do not know that the small ring is broken so they continue to use and trust the pump. Two major consequences have been seen with a broken retainer ring and a malfunctioning pump.
First, too much insulin may be given to the user. Excess amounts of insulin can cause blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels. Some of the symptoms of too much insulin are:
- An irregular or fast heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Sweating or clammy skin
- Extreme Hunger
- Tingling or numbness of the lips, tongue, or cheek
- Confusion, abnormal behavior
- Vision problems
Left untreated, too much insulin can cause insulin shock which can result in coma and death.
Second, too little insulin may be given to the user. Too little insulin can cause blood sugar to get dangerously high leading to diabetic ketoacidosis, a medical emergency. Symptoms of elevated blood sugar include:
- Blurry vision
- Fruity-smelling breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
This can also lead to coma and death if treatment is not received quickly.
Have People Been Injured By These Insulin Pumps?
As of February 2020:
- Over 26,000 complaints,
- Nearly 2,200 injuries, and
- At least one death
have been attributed to the two models of Medtronic insulin pump. It is likely that since February, many more injuries have occurred.
What Should I Or A Loved One Do If We Have Been Injured By One Of These Defective Insulin Pumps?
- If you are having any symptoms that concern you, call your doctor right away.
- Go to the Medtronic website to read their “URGENT RECALL” and see if your insulin pump model is included.
- Most importantly, if you or someone you know has experienced any problems from a defective insulin pump, contactZimmerman & Frachtman, P.A. right now. We are experts in this area of law and can help you figure out your best option. Remember, there are time limits on when you can file a claim to be compensated for injuries from a Medtronic insulin pump, so contact us immediately to receive the compensation you deserve!
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