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Medtronic Recalls Faulty Insulin Pump After Patient Death

Medtronic has recalled 322,000 of its insulin pumps after injuries and one death were reported due to the device malfunctioning and delivering the incorrect dosage, according to a US Food and Drug Administration announcement.

The issue is due to a missing or broken retainer ring, which helps lock the insulin cartridge in place, the FDA announcement said.

Medtronic sent patients a safety notification letter that reads: “There have been reported incidents of a loose reservoir that can no longer be locked into the pump. The reservoir can become loose due to a broken or missing retainer ring that prevents a proper lock. The retainer ring can be broken, for example, as a result of dropping or bumping your pump on a hard surface. “

“At Medtronic, patient safety is our top priority, and we are committed to delivering safe and effective therapies of the highest quality and reliability possible. We appreciate your time and attention in reading this important notification,” the letter said.”

The FDA announcement says that there have been 26,421 complaints about the malfunction, 2,175 injuries and one death.

The following models are affected:

  • Model 630G distributed in September 2016 to October 2019
  • Model 670G distributed in June 2017 to August 2019

Any users of these devices are encouraged to talk to their doctors.

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