Medtronic Insulin Pumps
Defective devices can harm your health. Our West Virginia attorneys can help.
If your health has been affected by the use of a Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump, the attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC can help.
Millions of Americans with diabetes need to take insulin regularly. Many use insulin pumps, which continuously deliver small amounts of insulin to the body throughout the day. People with diabetes who have used certain insulin pump models manufactured by Medtronic may have been receiving the wrong amounts of insulin, putting their health at risk.
What should I know about the Medtronic insulin pump recall?
On February 12, 2020, Medtronic issued a recall of their MiniMed 630G and MiniMed 670G insulin pumps. According to the safety notification letter the company sent to users of their products, the pump retainer ring on the pumps can break or become detached. This affects the delivery of insulin from the reservoir. As a result, people may be getting too much insulin, or not enough.
The recall was issued after one person died and thousands were injured after using the devices, according to the FDA.
Over-delivery of insulin can result in hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Early signs can include shakiness, dizziness and excessive sweating. Later signs can include drowsiness, confusion, feelings of weakness and slurred speech. If left untreated it can lead to loss of consciousness and seizures.
Under-delivery of insulin can result in hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Early signs can include frequent urination, increased thirst, blurred vision and headache. Later signs can include fruity-smelling breath, nausea and vomiting, weakness and confusion. If left untreated, it can lead to diabetic coma and problems with the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart.
What should I do if I use a Medtronic insulin pump?
If you have been using one of the Medtronic insulin pump models that have been recalled – the MiniMed 630G or MiniMed 670G, you need to take action to protect your health and your legal rights. Inspect the ring on the insulin pump, following the instructions in the safety notification letter. If the ring is damaged or missing, take these steps:
- Stop using the pump.
Continuing to use it may harm your health.
- Call your doctor.
Report any symptoms you have been experiencing. Ask about reverting back to manual insulin injections for now.
- Call an attorney.
You may be entitled to compensation.
At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we take cases of defective medical devices very seriously. These cases affect the lives and the health of our fellow West Virginians. We believe that negligent manufacturers need to be held accountable, and that the people harmed by their products should receive compensation.
If you have used a defective Medtronic insulin pump, it’s important to know your rights. We’d like to hear from you. Contact us for a free consultation. There’s no obligation. One of our experienced defective product attorneys can evaluate your case and answer your questions. Call today to learn more.