MiniMed insulin pumps recalled after 2,175 injuries, 1 confirmed death

Alonzo Simpson
February 15, 2020

Almost 322,000 Medtronic mini-med 600 series devices are being recalled due to a faulty pump that delivers incorrect insulin dosage which could lead to serious medical complications.

The Model 630G product was distributed between September 2016 and October 2019, while the Model 670G product was distributed between June 2017 and August 2019, according to the FDA. Medtronic began notifying customers of a possible problem on November 21. 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.

Thousands of people with Type 1 diabetes use these pumps to deliver insulin for the management of their diabetes.

They received over 26,000 complaints about the device malfunctioning.

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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. In the meantime, the FDA said patients should follow their doctors' recommendations and inject insulin manually.

In a letter to customers, Medtronic said, "There have been reported incidents of a loose reservoir that can no longer be locked into the pump".

Anyone with questions should contact Medtronic at 877-585-0166.

You can find more information here.

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