MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps: Recall & Information
Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps have undergone two recalls in their history. In 2004, Medtronic recalled over 160,000 MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps due to a defective tube. That episode led to at least 200 diabetic patients being injured and/or hospitalized, and at least one fatality, when a diabetic user of the Paradigm insulin pump lost consciousness while driving and crashed.
The most recent recall of MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps took place in July of 2009. This recall, also due to defective tubes in the device, covered approximately 60,000 tubes that were distributed under reference numbers MMT-396, MMT-397, MMT-398, and MMT-399, and with lot numbers beginning with the number 8.
The 2009 recall was made voluntarily by Medtronic, but the FDA still issued its own comments on the defective tubes. The FDA categorized the recall as the most serious type possible (Class 1), which involves situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious injury or death. The FDA further stated that the reason for the recall was that the tubing, known as “infusion sets,” may not allow the insulin pump to vent air pressure properly, which could potentially result in the device delivering too much or too little insulin, and cause serious injury or death.
It is important to note that Medtronic’s recall asks that consumers return the defective products to Medtronic for a replacement. This is not a problem if the product has not caused anyone any harm. However, if the device has caused harm and there is a potential legal claim involved, the defective device should be kept as evidence. Of course, no one should use the device if it is defective. A new device may be needed. For full text of the MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump press release, click here.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm from use of one of Medtronic’s defective insulin tubes, seek legal help immediately to protect your rights. While there is no fee or obligation, delaying may cause you to lose your right to seek compensation for injuries caused by MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps due to state-imposed time limits for filing a lawsuit.
Check out the following articles for more information about MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps, filing a MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump lawsuit, and finding a MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump attorney.
- For more information about MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps, see MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps: Overview, Claims & Injuries
- For more information about the serious side effects of using MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps, see MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump Side Effects
- To learn more about MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump lawsuits, see MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pumps: Lawsuits, Litigation & Lawyers
- To learn more about MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump attorneys, and how to find one, see Hiring a MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump Attorney & Lawyer