Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

FDA recalls insulin pumps connected to 1 death, thousands of injuries

FDA recalls insulin pumps connected to 1 death, thousands of injuries

The recall involves certain Medtronic MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps.

The FDA says that the 630G and 670G models have been recalled.

The FDA says the malfunction involves a missing or broken retainer ring which helps lock insulin cartridges into place in the reservoir compartment of the affected pumps.

If the cartridge is not locked firmly into place, patients could receive either too much or too little insulin. He said the company has received more than 26,000 complaints regarding this problem and is aware of 2,175 injuries and 1 death so far.

The insulin pumps are used by people with Type 1 diabetes to deliver insulin to manage the disease, which causes your glucose levels to fluctuate.

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Examine the retainer ring of their pump.

Medtronic began directly notifying patients and doctors on November 21, 2019, that there were potential problems with the pumps. Incorrect delivery of the life-saving drug could cause hypoglycemia (extremely low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (extremely high blood sugar), and lead to seizures and death.

If the reservoir locks in place correctly, customers may continue to use their pump, Medtronic officials said.

You can find more information about this recall, including how to contact Medtronic Technical Support, on the FDA website. The reservoir can become loose due to a broken or missing retainer ring that prevents a proper lock.

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