The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients against using Medtronic pumps because they may fail to deliver drugs, according to news sources.
The specific drug pumps are used to administer drugs to treat chronic pains and spasms, among other conditions. The defective issue is caused by a film that forms over the battery.
The FDA has classified this recall as a class-one, which means that serious harm could come of using these devices. Doctors were first alerted to the malfunction in July. The design of the device has been updated since then.
The product subject to recall is SynchroMed II Implantable pumps, models 8637-40. They were dispersed from 2004 until July 2011.
If you have one of these devices implanted, it is not recommended that you get it removed. See your doctor if you have issues or if the device sounds the alarm.
At our Los Angeles personal injury law firm consumer health is of the utmost importance to us. We know that even with all of the rules and regulations imposed on product manufacturers, things can still go wrong and sometimes companies even put profit before safety. If you or a loved one has been affected by a failed medical device please do not hesitate to call a product liability lawyer right away. The longer you wait the more chance you have of losing evidence for your potential product liability case.