Doctors, patients say they intend to stick with Medtronic drug pump


[Star Tribune, June 28, 2013] Medtronic Inc. said Thursday that 14 patients have died from complications associated with its SynchroMed implantable pump, which was formally recalled by the FDA on Wednesday. But with few alternatives available, doctors and patients said they will continue to use the device and tout its benefits.

“Most of my patients, if I told them I wanted to take their pump out because of potential problems, they would say ‘Leave it in until you know for sure,’ ” said Dr. Diane Chappuis of the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health in Minneapolis. “That is not to say that some patients don’t have a problem or two with their pump. But most of our patients don’t have a problem.”

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