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Topic Title: F.D.A. Steps Up Oversight of Infusion Pumps
Created On: 04/24/2010 05:26 PM
 04/24/2010 05:26 PM

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[p]This is good news in protecting insulin pump users and also other pumps that intravenously deliver food, fluids and drugs like pain medications and cancer treatments.[/p][p]The F.D.A. says it has received reports of 710 patient deaths linked to problems with the devices over the past 5 years. Though F.D.A. officials say they think the number may be significantly higher. Some of those deaths involved patients who suffered drug overdoses accidentally, either because a hospital worker entered incorrect dosage data into a pump or because the device’s software malfunctioned (Stephen Krueger is one of those that died due to his software malfunctioning - which I [url=/blogs/Annas_Blog/I_want_to_be_Ralph_Nader_for_diabetics_on_insulin_pumps]blogged[/url] about as well as discussed here in the [url=/forum/News/Insulin_pump_gives_lethal_dose_to_27_year_old_man_in_Canada]forums[/url]).[/p][p]Agency officials said Friday that they were sending a letter to all infusion pump makers to inform them of their findings and outline the proposed additional requirements companies will be required to meet (more testing prior to product being released to the public).[/p][p]You can find out more about this story at: [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/business/24pump.html?hpw]http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/business/24pump.html?hpw[/url][/p][p]How does this make you feel? I know for myself, it makes me happy to know that we users will have better products to maintain our livelihood! I can perhaps sleep better at night knowing my pump won't empty the entire cartridge of insulin into my body.[/p]

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