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Re: [IP] Re: pump protector

> And let's not forget profit!!!
> Ruth
> "I doubt that refurbishing a pump and sending it out again costs the
> manufacturer that much. From what I understand, most of the cost of
> pumps is research and development."

Actually it can cost them more than manufacturing the original pump 
new. The FDA requires that the pump meet ALL of the original pump 
specs. In practice that means that the "used" pump must be inserted 
into the original mfg process and run all the way through with 
special handling. If it is a pump that is out of production then all 
those steps must be done manually in the lab by a tech which is even 
more costly. In practice my guess is that they just throw the broken 
ones away unless it is something relatively simple like a software 
upgrade or a broken clip, case, something easy to spot.


> On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 8:12 PM, Jamie Naessens <email @ redacted>
> wrote:
> > She has always carried her pump
> >> in the back pocket of her jeans. I was
> >> calling every few months to get a replacement.
> >>
> >
> > Isn't this careless? Sure, accidents can happen, and of course there
> > are manufacturing defects, but don't we have some responsibility to
> > look after our things, and take some due care? Maybe that model of
> > pump doesn't belong in a back pocket. Seems to me that multiple
> > replacements keep the cost of pumps out-of-sight for many people.
> > Not all of us have insurance that
> covers
> > these pumps, and the cost can make or break our ability to get a
> > pump in
> the
> > first place.
> >
> > Jamie .
> Ruth Jennison
> Assistant Professor
> Department of English
> 170 Bartlett Hall
> University of Massachusetts
> Amherst, MA 01003-0515
> .
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