Medtronic Recalls Insulin Pumps After One Death and Thousands of Injuries

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Medtronic is recalling over 322,000 of its MiniMed Insulin Pumps due to a malfunction that has led to more than 2,000 known injuries and one death. The pumps are used by people with Type 1 diabetes to help manage their insulin levels.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class 1 recall, which is the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

The FDA reports that the malfunction involves a missing or broken retainer ring which helps to lock insulin cartridges into place. If the cartridge is not locked firmly into place, incorrect amounts of insulin may be delivered, which could result in hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Severe hyperglycemia can result in a loss of consciousness, seizure, and death.


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The following MiniMed 600 Series insulin pumps are subject to the recall:

  • Model 630G (MMT-1715) – all lots before October 2019
  • Model 670G (MMT-1780) – all lots before August 2019

Medtronic is advising customers to examine the retainer ring of their pump. If the reservoir doesn’t lock into the pump or if the retainer ring is loose, damaged, or missing, customers should stop using the pump and contact Medtronic for a replacement. If the reservoir locks in place correctly, Medtronic says it is safe to continue using the pump.

The company has issued a letter to customers who may be affected by this recall, which you can read in its entirety here. Customers who have questions or need additional information about this recall can contact Medtronic 24 hours a day at 877-585-0166.


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Comments 16

  1. Becks

    Thanks for this! My friend has one & HAD NO IDEA this is happening! H2Saves the day! xoxo

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re SO welcome, Becks! Super glad this was helpful!

  2. MA

    Omg this is crazy! Thank you for posting!!!!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome!

  3. Mary11

    It is really hard to contact them right now. My husband pump is affected and we are having trouble getting through! Thanks for posting this!

    • Taminator

      Was on hold for almost an hour yesterday but they are very helpful once you get someone.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! Hoping you get through soon!

  4. shellzbellz

    Your post states hyperglycemia can cause serious side effects, so can hypoglycemia! This is such a good post. Hopefully they can remedy this quickly for everyone using it.

  5. sarahhouchins-woods

    Thanks for this post. Our son is type 1 diabetic and has this pump. We got something from medtronic about it the other day too. So scary how we rely on an electronic to keep him alive

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome! SO happy this post was helpful! ❤️🙌

  6. Sarah

    Thank you for posting this! We use Omnipod for my son with Type 1 diabetes but I am glad that you post this type of info! It is so important for those of us who rely on these devices.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re most welcome, Sarah!

  7. Janie

    Thank you for this post.. my sister uses a pump.. forwarding to her now

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are welcome, Janie!

  8. Shoppingfan

    Thxs for posting. Been Type 1 since 1987 & have been hesitant to switch to a pump. Great info!

  9. Hsharpie14

    Thank you for your post! My husband has this model and had gotten an email from the company a little while back. He was able to fix it with no problems! Scary!!!

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