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Medtronic SynchroMed Pump Lawsuit

Medtronic SynchroMed Pump Lawsuit

Medtronic Inc. manufactures the SynchroMed EL and Synchromed II infusion pumps for continuous delivery of painkillers and other medications. Unfortunately, these devices have been recalled several times after they were linked to hundreds of injuries and over a dozen deaths.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting infusion pump induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the Synchromed infusion pump, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

FDA Bans Sales of SynchroMed Infusion Pumps

May 22, 2015 — After years of failing to fix safety problems linked to at least 14 deaths, the FDA has ordered Medtronic to stop selling SynchroMed infusion pumps. The company is also facing a lawsuit from a paralyzed man after the company’s appeal was denied.

What is the SynchroMed Pain Pump?

The SynchroMed EL and SynchroMed II are implanted medical devices known as pain pumps, which are used to infuse medications at a continuous rate into a patient’s body.

14 Deaths Linked to SynchroMed Infusion Pump

In June 2013, the Wall Street Journal reports that 14 deaths were linked to problems with the SynchroMed infusion pumps. Most of the deaths were caused by drug overdoses or under-doses. In response, Medtronic issued four recalls, all of which were classified as Class I by the FDA.

FDA Warning Letter

In August 2012, Medtronic received a Warning Letter after the FDA received reports of 270 serious injuries and 8 deaths linked to the SynchroMed infusion pumps. The agency was concerned that Medtronic failed to address safety problems that were discovered in October 2007. Click here to read more.

SynchroMed Pain Pumps and Baclofen Withdrawal

Medtronic SynchroMed is sometimes used to deliver a powerful muscle-relaxing drug called Lioresal (baclofen) into patients who have severe muscle spasticity. This complication is common among people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury. If the infusion pump breaks and drug-therapy is interrupted, the patients can rapidly develop baclofen withdrawal syndrome. Symptoms include high fever, changes in mental status, muscle stiffness, organ failure, and even death.

SynchroMed Recalls

  • January 2011 — The SynchroMed EL and II were recalled because doctors could accidentally administer overdoes of painkillers when trying to refill the pump. This problem was linked to 270 injuries and eight deaths.
  • July 2009 and 2011 — SynchroMed II recalled twice for battery problems that could interrupt infusion of medications.
  • June 2013 — SynchroMed EL and II recalled for three issues, including electrical short-circuiting, unintended delivery of drugs, and catheter occlusion.

SynchroMed Pump Class Action

Lawsuits have already been filed by victims of the SynchroMed pump, but not as part of a class action. Instead of a SynchroMed class action, our law firm is filing individual lawsuits on behalf of people who were injured by severe side effects, accidental overdoses or under-doses, and safety defects.

Do I have a Synchromed Pump Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting infusion pump induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the Synchromed infusion pump, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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