Medtronic insulin pump recall: 2,100 injuries, 1 death reported

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps are being recalled by the company due to a dosing defect that has already caused 2,175 injuries and at least one death. Customers should stop using the device if the reservoir does not lock into the pump or if the retainer ring is loose, damaged or missing, according to the FDA. The model numbers for the pumps are MMT-1715 and MMT-1780, respectively. This model is used by people 16 and older. This model is used by people 14 and older.

So far, the federal agency has received over 26,420 complaints related to this malfunction. The retainer ring helps lock the insulin cartridge into place in the pump's reservoir compartment. Failing to keep the lock the insulin cartridge could cause hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. "The retainer ring can be broken, for example, as a result of dropping or bumping your pump on a hard surface". Severe hyperglycemia can lead to loss of consciousness, seizure or death.

If you or anyone you know is still using the recalled Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump, the company asks they call 24-hour Medtronic Technical Support at 877-585-0166.

Check the pump retainer ring and verify that the reservoir is locked correctly at every set change.

What's covered in this insulin pump recall?

The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall Wednesday, but Medtronic began communicating with customers in November.

"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".

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