Recently I received a thick envelope in the mail from Medtronic Diabetes, the company I get my pump supplies from. (I'm using a paradigm pump) It was marked "Urgent" so I opened it immediately.
I found out that there is a serious problem with some of Medtronics products, specifically a recent batch of QuickSet infusion sets. It has something to do with the "lubricant" process but the warning was rather vague. It assured the customers that the problem was only with "lot 8". These infusion sets can deliver too much or too little insulin to the body, especially if the wearer experiences sudden altitude changes. (Such as on an airplane or roller coaster ride)
Medtronic is recalling all "lot 8" Quicksets and sending new supplies to their customers. They wanted immediate feedback from their customers to ensure we got the message, in other words, its dangerous and they know it.
I'm just posting this in case any Medtronic pumpers didn't recieve the envelope, and to say that I am seriously considering switching to another pump. I've been hearing that Medtronic has gone down in quality lately - and this experience rather confirms it. Especially since it turns out that I've been using using "lot 8" for the last three months. That means it has taken Medtronic at least three months to discover the problem, a problem that could take lives. (My dietician was telling me a few weeks before this that there was a problem going on with Medtronic pumpers, at least eight people had died of unconfirmed causes - but probably an insulin overdose. Putting the two together makes me wonder…) Medtronic says NOT to use Lot 8 under any circumstances, discontinue immediatly even if you have to go on sots until the new supplies arrive. You can go to the following link to read more about the problem from Medtronic itself. http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/lot8/
I would love to hear from other people on different pumps and your experiences. Do you have one you would recommend? I am very interested in the One Touch Ping…
Thanks and I hope this was helpful to other Medtronic Pumpers.
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