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.
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.