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FDA recalls insulin pumps tied to over 2,000 injuries, 1 death
Diabetes epidemic fuels demand for insulin
Dr. Nicole Saphier on the global diabetes epidemic and the rising demand for insulin.
Medtronic has recalled over 300,000 insulin pumps after scores of injuries and one death were reported due to the device malfunctioning, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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The recalled MiniMed 600 Series models either had a missing or broken retainer ring which helps to lock the insulin cartridge into place in the pump's reservoir compartment, the FDA said Wednesday. If the cartridge is not locked into place, an inaccurate amount of insulin may be delivered, which can result in hypoglycemia, low level of blood sugar(glucose) or hyperglycemia, an excess of sugar (glucose) in someone's system, the FDA warned. Severe hyperglycemia can result in a loss of consciousness, seizures and death.
Insulin pumps, used to manage diabetes, are computerized devices that deliver small doses of insulin, helping diabetics reach their target blood glucose levels.