On June 10, 2013, Medtronic sent out a letter to patients using its Paradigm Pump, a device used by diabetics for insulin management, warning of the potential for over or underdelivery of insulin. In many tragic cases, the warnings arrived too late and were received only by the intended recipients’ grieving families.
Case Quick Facts
The Medtronic Paradigm Insulin Pumps and associated infusion sets are designed for use by insulin-dependent diabetics. The pump system is designed to operate by delivering specific amounts of insulin to the patient. The insulin delivery occurs when insulin is dispensed from the pump’s reservoir; the insulin then travels through the infusion sets and is delivered to the user via a needle inserted into the patient’s body.
In order to properly function, the pump system is equipped with a piece that connects the pump to the infusion sets. This connector contains vents which allow air to flow through the pump system. However, if this component becomes wet, liquid (including water or insulin) can clog the vents, triggering an over- or under-delivery of insulin to the user. Depending upon a patient’s sensitivity to insulin, even a small difference in the amount being delivered can have a catastrophic impact, including serious injury or death.
An under- or overdelivery of insulin can cause hyper- or hypoglycemia, resulting in loss of consciousness, serious injuries, and death.
The Paradigm insulin pumps are designed and manufactured by Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc. The infusion sets are designed and manufactured by Medtronic MiniMed, Inc. in conjunction with Unomedical S.A. de C.V., Unomedical A/S, and/or Flextronics International USA, Inc.
GoldenbergLaw Can Help
If you or a loved one have experienced an injury due to an over- or underdelivery of insulin from a Paradigm pump, GoldenbergLaw may be able to help. We are actively litigating these cases.
If you have been negatively affected by a Medtronic insulin pump, you may want to consider an insulin pump malfunction lawsuit. Our team would be happy to hear your case and see what we can do for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.