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Insulin Pump Lawsuit

On May 05, 2008 federal regulators at the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported that the use of insulin pumps have been linked to a large number of deaths and serious, life-threatening injuries among pediatric Type I Diabetes patients.

More specifically, the federal review regarding the use of insulin pumps among young people found that between 1996-2005 there were 13 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries connected with the insulin pumps. At times, the devices malfunctioned, but other times, teens were careless or took risks.

Insulin Pump Recall Alert: On November 21, 2008 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in association with Animas Corporation initiated a nationwide class 1 recall of certain battery caps used in the OneTouch Ping System, Animas 2020 Insulin Pump, Animas IR1200 Insulin Pump, and Animas IR1250 Insulin Pump.  To learn more, please visit Animas Insulin Pump Recall.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective insulin pump, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an insulin pump lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

Insulin pumps are used by tens of thousands of teenagers worldwide with Type 1 diabetes, but they can be risky and have been linked to injuries and even deaths, a review by federal regulators finds.

Between 1996-2005 there were 13 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries connected with the insulin pumps.

“The FDA takes pediatric deaths seriously,” said the agency’s Dr. Judith Cope, lead author of the analysis.

“Parents should be vigilant in watching their children’s use of the pumps”, researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote. They didn’t advise against using insulin pumps but called for more study/research to address safety concerns in teens and even younger children who use the popular insulin pumps.

Additional Type I Diabetes & Insulin Pump Information

Type 1 Diabetes affects an estimated 12-24 million people worldwide and occurs when the body attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin regulates blood sugar levels, which when too high, can lead to heart disease, blindness and kidney damage.

Insulin pumps are used for Type I Diabetes, which accounts for approximately 5-10% of all Diabetes cases. Type I Diabetes is sometimes also referred to as “juvenile diabetes.”

According to the American Diabetes Association an insulin pump is a computerized device, about the size of a cell phone or pager (a fact that seems to be totally acceptable to teens.) Kids most often wear their pumps hooked to their belts, or in their pants or shirt pocket.

The internal workings of a pump are both simple and amazing. There’s a reservoir that looks like a large version of a regular syringe. The reservoir typically holds a two to three day supply of short-acting insulin. (Since pumps can immediately supply insulin to the wearer, medium- or long-lasting insulins are not used.)

Just like a regular syringe has a plunger that’s pushed to force the insulin out of the syringe, the reservoir has a plunger that’s pushed by a small pump, which is why we call this device an insulin pump.

The Associated Press reported, “insulin pumps are popular because they allow young people to live more normal lives, giving themselves insulin discreetly in public and getting pizza with friends late at night. And they’re a growing segment of diabetes care, with $1.3 billion in annual sales worldwide, said Kelly Close, a San Francisco-based editor of a patient newsletter. She said 100,000 teenagers may be using them.”

Do I Have an Insulin Pump Lawsuit?

The Medical Device and Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits. We are pursuing individual insulin pump litigation nationwide and currently accepting new insulin pump cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective insulin pump, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an insulin pump lawsuit and we can help.

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