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Re: [IP] MiniMed announces software error in 508



Im glad they are going to fix it -- i just bought one and paid for most 
of it out of my own pocket.  It was disturbing to learn a few days 
after it arrived that the pump has "problems" .

Thanks for posting this.

Ricky


On 19 Nov 99, at 10:03, Lee Lockwood wrote:

> (From Reuters 11/19/99)
> 
> MiniMed says insulin pumps may have software error
> 
>     SYLMAR, Calif., Nov 19 (Reuters) - Diabetes control company 
> MiniMed Inc. said on Friday it is beginning to notify 
> patients of a software error which could occur in Model 508 
> insulin infusion pumps the company has distributed since 
>  October. 
>     The company said the "rare and minor" error has been 
> addressed, and all products shipped beginning Friday contain an 
> upgraded version of the software. 
>     "A notification containing programming instructions which 
> will eliminate this potential occurrence has been sent to those 
> pump users who purchased Model 508 pumps from October 4 through 
> November 18," said Alfred Mann, MiniMed's Chairman and CEO. 
>     The device is used by patients who treat diabetes with 
> continuous insulin infusion. 
>     "Our independent medical monitor confirmed for us that 
> this anomaly does not represent an urgent matter," said 
> Terrance Gregg, MiniMed's president and chief operating 
> officer. 
>     He said the company will upgrade the software in the 
>  affected pumps early next year in addition to its current 
> patient notification. 
>     The estimated cost for that activity is expected to range 
> between $1 million and $1.5 million.
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