The Star Tribune reports two new deaths are now linked to the Medtronic SynchroMed II pump device. According to the Tribune, this and similar Medtronic pump devices are linked to “dozens” of deaths in the United States over the past few years.
The SynchroMed II is a programmable infusion pump designed to deliver precise dosages of prescribed medications to the spinal cord. As with other Medtronic products, the SynchroMed II pump has been plagued with issues both in the U.S. and abroad since its release. Among these problems are at least 14 deaths – one of which occurred in Minnesota.
As a result of the company’s continued failure to address risks posed by the SynchroMed II, the FDA required Medtronic to sign a consent decree in 2015 that places tight controls on when a doctor can prescribe the device and allows continued monitoring of the company by FDA officials.
The Tribune reports that the company argues over-administration of pain medications is a physician error or a result of unapproved prescriptions being used in the pump. However, over-administration of medications was also behind the recall the Medtronic Paradigm pump, making it appear that these devices may simply be defective by design.
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