Medtronic Insulin Pumps Recalled After 1 Killed, Thousands Injured From Incorrect Doses

Yolanda Curtis
February 15, 2020

The FDA announced the recall of two types of Medtronic brand MiniMed insulin pumps used by patients with Type 1 diabetes.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for an insulin pump that thousands of people use with Type 1 diabetes.

The recalled devices include a retainer ring that could be broken or missing. As a result of the defect, more or less insulin may be delivered.


The FDA said that the use of these devices "may cause serious injuries or death". Severe hyperglycemia can lead to loss of consciousness, seizure or death.

Medtronic began directly notifying patients and doctors on November 21, 2019, that there were potential problems with the pumps.

According to the recall notice, Medtronic has heard 26,421 complaints, 2,175 injuries and one death.


Customers can contact Medtronic for a replacement pump.

The company says it will replace the pump, but you will need to use manual insulin injections for the time being. "The retainer ring can be broken, for example, as a result of dropping or bumping your pump on a hard surface". They also advise checking the retainer ring and ensure that the reservoir is locked correctly at every set change.

In an FAQ for the safety notification sent out for the products, Medtronic noted that this recall does not apply to the MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps.


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