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Pain Pump Warning Issued

Medtronic manufactures medical devices which a large percentage of their market is in pain pumps.  These infusion pumps are implanted devices that contain a reservoir that your healthcare provider can fill with medications.  They are programmable and deliver drugs through a long tube or catheter which releases medication from the pump to the intrathecal space surrounding the patient’s spinal cord.  This pump delivers medication to the nerve receptors in the spinal cord on a set schedule helping to relieve pain and spastic motion.  There are three classes of patients who use these infusion pumps.  The most common are those suffering from chronic pain.  These infusion pumps are also used with patients who need baclofen therapy.  Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that helps to control spastic movements with patients who have multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.  These infusion pumps are also used to treat cancer patients to help administer chemotherapy drugs.  Medtronic devices are associated with Pain Pump Side effects. The FDA has issued a Pain Pump Warning which has now led to a number of Pain Pump Recalls.

Some physicians have observed particular pain pumps manufactured by Medtronic fail at a disturbing rate.  The FDA issued a Pain Pump Warning on a number of occasions for these pain pumps as these pumps have numerous Pain Pump Side effects.  Medtronic has a history of problems and recalls related to these fusion pumps.

In late 2007, a recall was issued by the FDA for Medtronic SynchroMed EL implantable infusion pumps.  This recall was due to the danger of pump motor failures that were manufactured prior to 1999.  A few months later in 2008 another recall was issued for Medtronic Neuromodulation SynchroMed EL, SynchroMed II and the IsoMed implantable infusion pumps.  The problem with these systems was the formation of inflammatory masses (fluid filled pockets) at the tip of the catheters.  More recently some of the Medtronic SynchroMed II pumps were apparently manufactured without propellant.  This defect can lead to inconsistent drug concentrations being released generating and under or overdose of medication.

Medtronic is recalling all of the affected pumps that have not yet been implanted. They are also recommending that patients who have a defective pump already implanted undergo surgery to have the pump replaced.

Major Pain Pump Side Effects

Some common Pain Pump Side effects include urinary retention, nausea and vomiting, itching, weakness, facial flushing, muscle twitching, over sedation, constipation, joint pain, sleepiness and disorientation.   Severe Pain Pump Side effects include spinal and vascular complications such as infection, bleeding, tissue damage, all of which may require additional surgical procedures.  Improper use of the device, failure of the catheter, programming errors, using inappropriate drugs or improper use may result in pocket seroma, hematoma, erosion, infection, post-lumbar puncture (spinal headache), CSF leak, meningitis, paralysis and device rejection.  If you have experienced any of these Pain Pump Side effects you should consult with a Pain Pump lawyer to discuss your legal rights in this matter.  Given that a Medtronic Pain Pump Warning and Recall have been issued, lawsuits are currently being filed around the country.

Medtronic is required to report Pain Pump Side effects as they become aware of them to the FDA.   Then, if the FDA feels that a product is defective or poses a threat to patients they may negotiate with the manufacturer to remove the product from the market, ask for a voluntary recall, or they can order the manufacturer to immediately notify doctors of a problem and order the product be recalled.

If you have a Medtronic infusion pump implanted that is defective it could stop working without any warning.  Make sure you contact your healthcare provider to verify whether your pump is defective or subject to any of the Medtronic recalls.  Your doctor is the best person to discuss treatment options with you.  Then, it is a good idea to contact a Pain Pump attorney to discuss your legal rights and to learn more about a Pain Pump Warning and Medtronic’s responsibilities to you.  You need to speak to a specialist about Pain Pump Side effects and what your options are.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

Lawyer are now speaking with individuals who have been harmed after receiving a shoulder pain pump after surgery. According to the FDA some  injections given by infusion pain pumps has resulted in reports of chondrolysis,  a severe type of shoulder arthritis in which the cartilage of the joint is abruptly lost after shoulder arthroscopy.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a Medtronic Pain Pump installed in your shoulder, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.

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