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As most of you reading this may already know that for 22 years I have dealt with chronic back pain for an accident caused by a drunk driver and I apologize for doing it, again however with recent court orders I feel it’s necessary for everyone to know all the details of a product before trying one out. For just about 15 years of that I have had in my abdomin a Medtronic Pain Pump which 24/7 is dripping a narcotic directly into my spine to help control my pain. In that time I have had numerous issues with the pump which included but not limited to,
- The pump running out of medicine before its scheduled to.
- The pump not running at the speed it set for causing a large amount to be left in the pump when it should be time to refill it.
- Catheter end inside my spine clogging up causing reduced flow rate.
- Battery in pump lasts 5-6yrs and needs replacing. At one of these replacement surgeries, the device was inserted upside down causing no access to the fill port. 45 days after the insert surgery I had to have a “flip the pump over” surgery.
- When the pump was close to (4-5 days) it’s due date to be refilled there were times my body would go into withdrawals and oral meds did not help.
- Every 40-50 days the pump needed to be refilled via a needle inserted into refill port, left over meds removed and then a known amount (20cc) inserted and device reset with new amount.
- And the piece de resistance, Sept., 2013 I was in for a pump refill and when the doctor pulled back on the syrenge handle to remove the left over med (Fentynal, 100x more potent then Morphine) they pulled the needle tip out of the pumps fill port. When they went to refill the unit, the full 20cc of Fentynal was pushed directly into my abdominal tissue causing a major overdose. Which put me in the ICU for three days and the hospital another two.
We were even told by several lawyers that we approached, because my case was workers comp. related that there was nothing we could do, even though there we previous cases with the same issues and others even worse, deaths. Just recently in our local newspaper, The Sacramento Bee printed the following article pertaining to the internal pain management pump,
“April 27, 2015,
FDA: Medtronic must stop most sales of Synchromed drug pumps.
- Medtronic plc is the world’s largest medical device company, specializing in implantable pacemakers, defibrillators, drug pumps and other medical equipment. Last year the company completed a $43 billion acquisition of Ireland’s Covidien. The company now has its executive offices in Dublin, where it benefits from Ireland’s lower corporate tax rates. The settlement was announced concurrently by the FDA and the U.S. Justice Department. Shares of Medtronic plc fell $1.40, or 1.8 percent, to close at $76.21.”
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