MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps are used by diabetics to receive insulin at the proper time. A defect discovered in the tubing in these devices caused the manufacturer, Medtronic, to recall approximately 60,000 tubes that may have had problems delivering the correct amount of insulin due to air pressure issues.
Patients using tubes with this defect may have received too much or too little insulin, causing severe side effects and possibly even death, resulting in MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump injuries and claims.
Defective Tubes Used With The MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump
MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps, manufactured by American medical products company Medtronic, are widely used by diabetics to monitor and receive their insulin. The insulin pumps work in conjunction with an infusion set, a thin plastic tube that connects the insulin reservoir to the diabetic patient’s subcutaneous tissue. Unfortunately for diabetics, the effects of a tube malfunction can be severe.
Air Pressure Problem
In July 2009, Medtronic announced the defect and voluntarily recalled approximately 60,000 tubes that could have been affected by the manufacturing problem. The defective tubes had reference numbers MMT-396, MMT-397, MMT-398 and MMT-399, and lot numbers beginning with the number 8. Side effects for a diabetic patient receiving too much or too little insulin can be serious and potentially life-threatening. Common side effects include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar level), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), fainting or unconsciousness, seizures, stroke, diabetic comas, heart attacks and potentially death if the patient’s reaction is severe enough and he or she does not receive prompt treatment.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm from use of one of Medtronic’s defective insulin tubes, call the medical device lawyers at Walkup Melodia or contact us online. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries caused by the MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump.