Individuals with Type 1 diabetes, beware. A recall was just announced by the Food and Drug Administration concerning the Medtronic MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps. Owners of this type of pump are at risk of receiving either more or less than the required insulin dosage. The reason? The pumps are being used with missing or broken retainer rings, which are necessary units that lock the cartridges into place in the reservoir compartment. If not locked into place, an incorrect level of insulin will be delivered. Type 1 diabetes patients rely on their insulin pumps to survive. If the pumps are not of sound construction, their lives may be in danger. Continue reading
For every new medication or pharmaceutical device, there is a list of side effects. In the case of implantable vena cava (IVC) filters, C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. downplayed the risks involved in keeping the filters in bodies extending past a few months. The purpose of the IVC filters is to stop blood clots that may result in death. Despite the caution involved, filters were implanted for long-term use in the 1970s. In the early 2000’s, the FDA approved the short-term use of IVC filters. It was possible for patients to receive the filter implants, even if taking medication was an alternative remedy. Read more
November has been a month to forget for global pharmaceutical medical device giant Johnson & Johnson. The giant has agreed to settle the ongoing lawsuits centered on their recalled hip implants.