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SynchroMed Infusion Pumps Recalled by FDA

Posted in Devices, Recalls, SynchroMed Infusion Pumps

In a current announcement recorded in the Star Tribune, Medtronic, Inc. reported that 14 total patient deaths have occurred in connection to their SynchroMed infusion pumps.  The deaths have been reported as occurring between spring of 1996 and spring of 2013.  The article reports that just one day prior to the public announcement from Medtronic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued their highest priority Class I recall on SynchroMed infusion pump devices, indicating that “there is a reasonable probability that the use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” (emphasis added)

The deaths have been attributed to three major problems: first, several deaths were caused by medication being delivered to the tissue area surrounding the pump, rather than into the patient’s spinal fluid, as well as blockage in the pumps.  Secondly, one of the fourteen tragic deaths was attributed to a SynchroMed device short-circuiting.  Lastly, the devices have been observed as occasionally over-delivering or diluting medication because of the delivery method of the device to the catheter that sits under the patient’s skin.

The Star Tribune article states that Medtronic has made claims that they have warned patients about the potential dangers as well as issuing special detailed instructions to medical professionals who implant the devices as to ensure the safety of their product’s use.

The current controversy following the recalls for the SynchroMed infusion pump provide a clear example of the potential risks that patients face when given a device that has been deemed as potentially hazardous to their health.  If you or a loved one has been implanted with the SynchroMed infusion pump, then you may be at risk of suffering the potentially life-threatening complications caused by such products.  You may be eligible for a SynchroMed lawsuit, in which you may be compensated for the medical use of a dangerous device.  Contact us today and let us represent you to ensure that you receive the legal support you need to win justice for your suffering.

For more information regarding SynchroMed and SynchroMed lawsuits, or for a free case consultation, contact our team of Synchromed lawyers by phone at (855) 452-5529 or by e-mail at justinian@dangerousdrugs.us.

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