MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps are used by diabetics to receive
insulin at the proper time. A recent defect discovered in the tubing in
these devices caused the manufacturer, Medtronic, to recall
approximately 60,000 tubes that may have had problems delivering the
correct amount of insulin due to air pressure issues. Patients using
tubes with this defect may have received too much or too little insulin,
causing severe side effects and possibly even death, resulting in
minimed paradigm insulin pump injuries and claims.
Defective Tubes Used With the MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Pump
MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps, manufactured by American medical
products company Medtronic, are widely used by diabetics to monitor and
receive their insulin. The insulin pumps work in conjunction with an
infusion set, a thin plastic tube that connects the insulin reservoir to
the diabetic patient’s subcutaneous tissue.
Unfortunately for diabetics, the effects of a tube malfunction can be
severe. In June 2004, Medtronic recalled over 160,000 Paradigm insulin
pumps due to a defect that caused the tube to become disconnected. This
defect led to at least 200 reported diabetic patients being hospitalized
after failing to receive their insulin, and one lawsuit was filed in
Kentucky when a diabetic man lost consciousness while driving and
fatally crashed his car.