13 years ago, I happened to be dating a woman who worked at a diabetes call center. One of the products the company marketed was the Medtronic pump. The company KNEW at the time that the pumps were defective & all employees were instructed (under threat of termination) NOT to mention the fact that they knew the pumps were defective.
The phones were monitored & after violating company policy by mentioning the problems with the pumps to one caller, my friend was forced to quit or be terminated.
Politicians should serve two terms.
One in office and one in prison
Right now there is an alert for 2 different insulin pump products.
1. Roche Insulin Delivery Systems announced a recall of the ACCU-CHEK FlexLink Plus infusion set, because of the potential for under delivery of insulin due to a kinked/bend cannula when inserting the ACCU-CHEK FlexLink Plus infusion set. If this remains unnoticed, this can result in under delivery leading to elevation of blood glucose levels. (one would think that you would know if your sugar was high 2 consecutive times you would change out the set. You are supposed to do that anyway.)
2. Animas Corporation has announced that some of the 2 mL insulin cartridges shipped between November 30, 2010 and January 4, 2011 can leak insulin, resulting in the delivery of less insulin than intended. (see their website for lot numbers, etc.)
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