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It was announced late last month that Baxter International is recalling its Colleague infusion pumps from the U.S. market because of problems including software errors and battery failures. The Food and Drug Administration states that the defective Baxter infusion pumps have been linked to more than 56,000 reported injuries and deaths, as well as product malfunctions, between 2005 and 2009.
Infusion pumps are used in hospitals to give nutrients to patients who are in comas, blood thinning drugs to heart patients, and chemotherapy to cancer patients.
The American subsidiary, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, has been under a “consent decree” with the FDA since June 2006. This decree allowed the agency to require a recall of the defective infusion pumps.
Baxter says that there are just fewer than 200,000 of these defective infusion pumps still in use at hospitals and other medical facilities. They also claim that the Colleague infusion pumps have not been sold to new customers since 2005 and are being phased out.
The FDA rejected the phase-out plan on April 30, 2013 as “unacceptable”—that would have allowed the Baxter infusion pump to stay in use until 2013—and ordered the company to recall the defective product. Baxter has offered to replace the Colleague infusion pumps with Sigma Spectrum infusion pumps.
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The experienced defective product attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. are currently accepting personal injury claims related to this Baxter International infusion pump recall. Our attorneys represent the people of South Carolina and aggressively pursue justice and compensation when the negligence of another individual, business, or corporation injures you or a loved one.
If you or a family member is using the Baxter International Colleague infusion pump, speak to your physician about this recall news.
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