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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:27 PM

FDA recalls Medtronic 600-series MiniMed insulin pumps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding patients who use the popular 600-series MiniMed insulin pumps made by Medtronic that the devices contain an issue that could cause their buttons to get stuck while flying or other situations when air pressure changes quickly.

The FDA on Wednesday issued alerts for more than 189,000 MiniMed insulin pumps worldwide. Such pumps are used by diabetic patients who need a steady infusion of the drug insulin to break down the glucose in their blood, in addition to periodic doses (or "boluses" ) of insulin related to meals, exercise and other factors.

The alerts issued Wednesday are classified by the FDA as a class 2 recall, which is a medium-severity action used when a problem caused by a medical product would be temporary, or when the probability of serious adverse consequences related to the problem is considered remote.

Medtronic has issued an urgent safety notification to patients, which the FDA calls a "recall." However, FDA and Medtronic are not requesting any devices be returned to the manufacturer. The FDA uses the term "recall" to include situations where no product need be returned.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/fda-issues-alert-on-medtronic-insulin-pumps/512558032/
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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Wed Jul 17, 2019, 05:15 AM

1. Thanks for posting TT - I'll keep an eye out for my patients :-)

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 05:35 AM

2. You're welcome.

I used a different brand of insulin pump several years ago, but I couldn't afford it after I lost my health insurance. The insulin pumps do work wonders, but it requires frequent blood testing to keep everything controlled correctly.

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