Written by attorney R. Michael Bomberger

Baclofen Withdrawal Syndromes and Medtronic Drug Infusion Pumps

Last year, Medtronic issued two Class I recalls of its SynchroMed Drug Infusion Pumps, a line of products that had been recalled for defects multiple times in recent years. The drug pumps are implanted in patients suffering from chronic pain, cancer treatments, and spasticity and releases a prescribed dose of medication throughout the day. The implanted drug pumps are a popular method of treatment for patients suffering from severe spasticity. Because the drug pump allows the medication to be administered directly into the spinal column, patients can receive the treatment they need with a far smaller dose and without the side effects of oral medication.

Defective Drug Pump Recalls

The first recall was issued after discovering a labeling error that caused pocket fills in patients undergoing refill procedures. Depending on where the needle was placed when injecting the refill, a pocket fill could potentially cause sudden overdose or result in underdose. The second recall followed only a few months later regarding a battery performance problem that caused defective pumps to administer less than prescribed doses or no medication at all.

Baclofen Withdrawal Syndrome

A Class I recall is issued when the use of a defective product can reasonably cause serious injury or fatality. Because the sudden cessation of Baclofen treatment can cause a potentially life-threatening condition called Baclofen Withdrawal Syndrome, the failure of the drug pump is a serious concern for patients battling spasticity. The severity of the condition can be mitigated with prompt treatment, so it is important to identify symptoms of withdrawal and seek immediate medical care. Symptoms can include:

  • Seizures
  • Return of spasticity
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Hypertension/hypotension
  • Coma
  • Death

Filing a Product Liability Claim Against Medtronic

Patients who have suffered adverse events from the defective drug pumps may be eligible to file product liability claims against Medtronic. The billion-dollar company has failed on numerous occasions to provide safe and effective products to patients whose lives depend on the medical device. Although product liability laws vary from state to state, patients may be able to recover full financial losses and even some non-monetary damages such as:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages

Contact a Professional Defective Medical Device Lawyer

To ensure you receive maximum compensation after suffering ** Baclofen Withdrawal** because of a defective pump, it is important to retain the legal services of a qualified Medtronic drug pump recall lawyer. An attorney who has had experience confronting large companies at the litigation table and the courtroom can have a significant impact on the settlements and verdicts you are likely to receive. Be sure to contact a qualified defective medical device lawyer as soon as possible for a free consultation. In cases involving medical treatments, time can have a substantial influence over how effectively your case is handled.

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