If you have Type 1 diabetes or know someone who does, read on for urgent, potentially life-saving information.

The following MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pumps have been recalled by the FDA:

  • All lots of Model 630G (MMT-1715) before October 2019 – These pumps were distributed from September 2016 to October 2019.
  • All lots of Model 670G (MMT-1780) before August 2019 – These pumps were distributed from June 2017 to August 2019

In the United States, there are a total of 322,005 of these devices that are affected by the recall. This is a Class 1 recall which is the most serious type of recall there is. That’s because the defective devices could cause serious injury or even death.

The recalled devices have a missing or defective retainer ring, and the retainer ring is responsible for making sure the devices deliver the correct dose of insulin. Without a retainer ring, or with one that’s not working properly, it’s possible for too much or too little insulin to be delivered. 

This is a huge and serious problem. With too little insulin, people with diabetes could experience  hypoglycemia, and with too much insulin, they could experience hyperglycemia, which could cause the person to lose consciousness, have a seizure or even die.

To date, 26,421 people have complained about the defective pumps. Medtronic is also aware of 2,175 injuries and 1 death.

If you have one of these defective Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps, here’s what you should do. First, look at the retainer ring to see if it looks like it is defective. If the retainer ring is missing or does not lock into place correctly, stop using it, and check with your doctor about how to do manual injections. If the retainer ring does not seem defective, it is okay to keep using the pump.

If you have any questions regarding this recall, please contact Medtronic Technical Support at 877-585-0166. There should be someone there to answer your call 24/7.