Company recalls several MiniMed insulin pumps for incorrect dosing; 2,175 injuries and 1 death confirmed

Posted at 6:34 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 06:35:11-05

Medtronic is recalling the specified insulin pumps due to a missing or broken retainer ring which helps to lock the insulin cartridge into place in the pump's reservoir compartment, according to the FDA.

If the cartridge is not locked firmly into place, under or over delivery of insulin may occur, which could result in hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Severe hyperglycemia can result in a loss of consciousness, seizure, and death.

The firm has received a total of 26,421 complaints in which the device malfunctioned in this manner. The firm is aware of 2,175 injuries and 1 death.

Who may be affected

  • Any person with diabetes who uses an affected Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump
  • Health care providers who treat people with diabetes using the affected MiniMed insulin pumps

What to do
On November 21, 2019 Medtronic notified affected customers and advised them to:

  • Examine the retainer ring of their pump.
  • Stop use of the pump and contact Medtronic for a replacement pump if the reservoir does not lock into the pump or if the retainer ring is loose, damaged, or missing. If you stop using the pump, you should follow your doctor's recommendations and perform manual insulin injections.
  • Continue using the pump if the reservoir locks in place correctly.
  • If the pump is dropped by accident, check the pump and retainer ring for damage and stop use if it is damaged.
  • Check the pump retainer ring and verify that the reservoir is locked correctly at every set change.

Customers who have questions or need additional information or support about this recall should call the 24-hour Medtronic Technical Support at 877-585-0166.