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Animas Insulin Pump Recall


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Animas Insulin Pump Recall Side Effects May Lead To Hyperglycemia Lawsuits

Animas Insulin Pump Recall | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Hyperglycemia, Hypoglycemia, Low Glucose Level | Defective Battery Cap, Incorrect Dosage

The lawyers at our firm are offering free consultations to victims of defective battery caps included with some Animas insulin pumps. In 2008, Animas Corp. recalled battery caps used with the Animas 2020 Insulin Pump, Animas IR1200 Insulin Pump, and Animas IR1250 Insulin Pump, as well as the OneTouch Ping Glucose Management System. According to the company, the defective battery caps could cause the pumps to stop administering insulin, putting patients at risk of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.

If you or someone you know was injured as a result of a defective battery cap included with an Animas insulin pump, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact one of our Animas insulin pump injury lawyers right away to protect your legal rights.

According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Animas insulin pump battery cap recall was a Class I recall.  This is the most serious type of FDA recall, and is issued when a medical device poses a risk of serious injury or death.

While the FDA did not say if any injuries had been attributed to defective battery caps, our Animas insulin pump injury lawyers believe that they may have hurt many patients. It is a known fact that incidents and injuries involving defective medical devices are vastly underreported to the FDA.

Animas Battery Cap Recall

The Animas recall involves defective battery caps included with:

  • All Animas 2020 Insulin Pumps shipped between June 16, 2008 through July 19, 2008
  • All Animas IR 1200 and IR 1250 Insulin Pumps shipped between June 16, 2008 through August 1, 2008
  • All OneTouch Ping Glucose Management Systems shipped prior to August 1, 2008
  • All Battery caps shipped between June 16, 2008 through July 19, 2008

Animas Corp. issued the recall after it became aware that some battery caps used on the Animas insulin pumps were not maintaining contact with the pump’s battery compartment. According to the recall notice, when the cap loses contact with the battery compartment.

A power loss can cause the device to stop administering insulin, which could result in an excess level of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia). Additionally, this failure may lead to user confusion in the amount of insulin administered, contributing to errors in future doses, which may result in lower than normal level of glucose in the blood (hypoglycemia).

If this malfunction occurs, the pump will give a beep to notify that it has restarted and the  verify screen will appear. If the user does not confirm the verify screen , the pump will begin to alarm within three minutes and the alarms will escalate to the loudest audible setting and vibration alert within an hour, the notice said.

Animas said the pump would not continue to administer insulin until the user takes the following steps:

  • Disconnect from the pump at the skin site
  • Confirm that the information on the verify screen is correct
  • Complete the rewind, load, and prime steps by carefully following the instructions in the Animas User Guide
  • Reconnect to the pump at the skin site

In order to ensure the safe operation of the pump, and avoid any potential power loss related to this battery cap issue, users of the affected Animas insulin pumps were told to:

  • Immediately replace the battery cap on the Animas insulin pump with the battery cap enclosed with the recall notice.
  • Discard and do not use the defective battery cap from their Animas insulin pump

Other Issues with the OneTouch Ping Glucose Management System

In addition to the recall notice regarding defective battery caps on some Animas insulin pumps, the company issued another alert regarding a problem with its OneTouch Ping Glucose Management System.

Animas said it had become aware that an incorrect bolus total may be calculated by the OneTouch Ping meter-remote when it is not communicating with the OneTouch Ping insulin pump. When the two devices are in communication, all meter-remote calculations function correctly as described in the Owner’s Booklet, Animas said.

Animas said it was sending its customers a letter to alert them to this issue. The company said it would send out new meter-remotes to customers as soon as they are available. In the meantime, Animas said its patients may continue to use their OneTouch Ping system provided they only use the ezCarb calculator on the meter-remote when it is paired and properly communicating with the pump.

Legal Help for Victims of Animas Insulin Pump Injuries

If you or someone you know suffered an injury as a result of defects involving Animas insulin pumps or the OneTouch Ping System, you have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form or call 1-800 YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of the experienced Animas insulin pump injury lawyers at our firm.

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Animas Recalls Battery Caps on Insulin Pumps

Nov 24, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
A Class I recall has been issued for battery caps included with some varieties of Animas insulin pumps.  According to Animas Corp, the defective battery caps could cause the pumps to stop administering insulin, putting patients at risk of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.The products involved in this recall include:  All Animas 2020 Insulin Pumps shipped between June 16, 2008 through July 19, 2008 All Animas IR 1200 and IR 1250 Insulin Pumps shipped between June 16, 2008 through August...

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