Medtronic SynchroMed Infusion Pump
The Medtronic SynchroMed EI Implantable Infusion Pump has been recalled by Medtronic and the FDA after reports that Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps have resulted in incorrect dosage and life-threatening withdrawals. At least 14 patient deaths are linked to Implantable Infusion Pumps. The SynchroMed pump is implanted to deliver drugs to treat pain or muscle spasticity with or without a catheter.
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SynchroMed Infusion Pump
Medtronic SynchroMed Recall The 2017 FDA warning, updated from its SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps recall in 2013, classifies the infusion pump as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall, meaning that use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.
This latest recall—in March 2017—involves the SynchroMed Implantable Infusion Pump software problem, which may cause unintended delivery of drugs during a priming bolus procedure, used to quickly deliver large dose of medication from the device to the patient’s spine. The 2017 FDA warning also states that during this procedure, patients may receive the drug unintentionally at a high rate of infusion in the cerebrospinal fluid followed by a period of reduced drug delivery after the priming bolus. Should this drug overdose or under-dose occur, it can to serious adverse health consequences such as respiratory depression, coma or death.
Medtronic Catheter Recall
A Class 2 FDA recall in 2008 was prompted by potential misconnections of the Medtronic sutureless connector ("SC") catheters from the catheter port on the pump. The Medtronic Neuromodulation INDURA IP recall was prompted by potential for life-threatening blockages. The intrathecal catheter or intrathecal catheter revision kits use a sutureless connector for the final connection to the implanted Medtronic SyncroMed II, SynchroMed EL, and IsoMed infusion pumps. The catheter is part of an infusion system that stores and delivers parenteral drugs to the intrathecal space. The product models included in the recall are:
- Intrathecal Catheter, Model 8709SC;
- Intrathecal Catheter, Model 8731SC;
- Sutureless Pump;
- Connector Revision Kit, Model 8678;
- Intrathecal Catheter Pump Segment Revision Kit, Model 8596SC.
In 2015, the FDA banned the manufacture of Medtronic's SynchroMed II Implantable Infusion Pump Systems, citing the company`s repeated failure—after the FDA had issued a total of 30 warnings to correct violations of its quality system regulations. The FDA’s action halted Medtronic’s design and distribution of new Synchromed II Implantable Infusion Pump Systems except in very limited cases, such as when a physician determines that the Synchromed II Implantable Infusion Pump System is medically necessary for a patient’s treatment.
Medtronic SynchroMed Lawsuit
Jason Silver filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, alleging that Medtronic designed a defective device prone to malfunctions that may cause serious medication problems. Silver had the implant to treat chronic pain in December 2012. By 2014 the Synchromed pump malfunctioned and caused Silver to overdose, causing severe pain, nausea and a lack of mobility that required hospitalization. Silver accuses Medtronic of defective manufacturing, failure to warn, negligence, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and violation of Pennsylvania unfair trade practices and consumer protection laws. (Case 1:16-cv-01682-JEJ)
In 2012 Richard Stengel filed a complaint alleging a faulty SynchroMed pump left him paralyzed, and that Medtronic “dragged its feet in informing the FDA about manufacturing problems with the implant,” according to Fierce Biotech. Stengel’s lawyer argued that, if Medtronic immediately reported problems with its pumps, doctors would not have used the devices and his injury wouldn’t have occurred.
Courthouse News Service reported that Stengel and his wife filed the complaint in Arizona state court after Richard was left permanently paraplegic from an inflammation that developed at the tip of his surgically implanted Medtronic SynchroMed EL Pump and intrathecal catheter. After Medtronic removed the case to federal court, U.S. District Judge Raner Collins found federal law pre-empted each of the Stengels' four generic claims.
Medtronic SynchroMed Legal HelpIf you or someone you know suffered an injury related to the SynchroMed II infusion pump, consider legal help. Attorneys are investigating cases involving various infusion complications, including overinfusion, underinfusion and pump defects.
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