Manufacturers of medical devices have a duty to the consumer to manufacture devices that won’t cause harm. The Medtronic Infuse Pump was subject to a recall in 2011. Learn more about the Medtronic recall and possible complications of the device. And if you suffered harm because of the device, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 to discuss taking legal action.
What is a Medtronic Infuse Pump?
Patients suffering from pain may find that prescription drug therapy is an effective way of alleviating pain and reducing the disability that pain causes. One way that drugs are administered is through pumps, such as a Medtronic Infuse Pump. These pain pumps deliver pain medication to relieve pain, improve the patient's ability to function and remove the need for oral pain medication.
According to Medtronic.com, some drugs used with the pump include methotrexate, morphine, ziconotide, baclofen and floxuridine.
Possible Medtronic Pain Pump Side Effects
There are many benefits of a Medtronic pain pump. However, there are risks, too. One possible danger is a defect in the pump that causes medication to inject directly into a patient’s tissues. The injection into tissue can lead to a drug overdose, which can in turn lead to serious complications and even death in the most serious cases.
Other risks of the Medtronic Infuse Pump are outlined in a device manual. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following listed below.
- The pump or catheter migrating or eroding through the skin
- An inflammatory mass that could result in neurological impairment
- Delivery of medication under the skin
- The device stopping due to a component failure
- Drug underdose or overdose
- Changes in flow rate
- Complications during implantation of the infusion system, such as blood clots, heart attack, stroke, organ failure, and death
Because of the dangers of the Medtronic infuse pump, as well as the deaths caused by the pump, certain versions of the pumps were subject to a recall in 2011.
Medtronic Infuse Pump Recalled by the FDA
On January 14, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Class I recall for Medtronic SynchroMed II and SynchroMed El Implantable Infusion Pumps and Refill Kits. Class I recalls are the most serious recall type and are issued when there is a reasonable probability that the use of the recalled product will result in adverse health consequences or death. More Medtronic devices were recalled in both 2012 and 2013 as well
Class Action & Personal Injury Lawsuits against Medtronic
Some have filed class action lawsuits against Medtronic. If you suffered injuries because of a Medtronic pump, you may have the right to join a class action lawsuit. Or, depending on the circumstances of your case, you have the right to file a lawsuit against Medtronic on your own.
If you file a lawsuit, you will have to prove that Medtronic manufactured a defective product and that the defect caused your injuries. In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit for damages related to a defective product.
Take Legal Action Now – Call Cordisco & Saile LLC
If you suffered harm because of a medical device such as a Medtronic Infuse Pump, you have the right to take legal action. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys can help explore your legal options and then take legal action to recover damages you suffered because of the device. If you’re ready to begin, call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started. You also can set up your consultation by filling out the contact form located on our website.