Medtronic recalls MiniMed insulin pumps as FDA warns about hacking risk

In its warning, the FDA noted that these devices pose the risk of someone nearby connecting wirelessly and then potentially hacking into the devices.

Posted: Jun 28, 2019 7:03 AM

(CNN) -- The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on Thursday about possible risk of hacking for some diabetes patients' insulin pumps.

Certain insulin pumps from Medtronic MiniMed have been recalled due to potential cybersecurity risks and it's recommended for people who use those insulin pumps to switch to different models, according to the FDA.

In its warning, the FDA noted that these devices pose the risk of someone nearby connecting wirelessly and then potentially hacking into the devices.

According to the FDA, the hacker could possibly change the pump's settings to either over-deliver insulin to a patient, which could lead to low blood sugar, or to stop insulin delivery altogether, which could lead to high blood sugar and a life-threatening complication called diabetic ketoacidosis.

Patients who have questions about replacing their pump can call Medtronic at 1-866-222-2584 or visit Medtronic's website.

The FDA noted that to minimize the potential risk of a cybersecurity attack while waiting on a replacement insulin pump, patients should:

  • Keep their insulin pumps and the devices that are connected to their pumps within their control at all times whenever possible.
  • Not share their pump serial number.
  • Be attentive to pump notifications, alarms and alerts.
  • Monitor their blood glucose levels closely and act appropriately.
  • Immediately cancel any unintended boluses.
  • Connect their Medtronic insulin pump to other Medtronic devices and software only.
  • Disconnect the USB device from their computers when they are not using it to download data from their pump.

In the United States, Medtronic has identified about 4,000 patients who are potentially using insulin pumps that are vulnerable to this issue and the company is working with distributor partners to identify additional patients potentially using these pumps, according to the FDA.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 157285

Reported Deaths: 2296
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah32024550
Washington21400217
Marion18640287
Clackamas13482191
Lane10388131
Jackson8582118
Umatilla770982
Deschutes603565
Yamhill381669
Linn362057
Malheur336558
Polk309645
Klamath281755
Douglas260455
Josephine240556
Benton237718
Jefferson197930
Coos159521
Union130519
Columbia127821
Wasco122226
Lincoln114020
Hood River107229
Morrow105114
Crook78118
Clatsop7796
Baker6769
Curry4467
Tillamook4342
Lake3866
Harney2786
Grant2301
Wallowa1445
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00
Eugene
Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 50°
Corvallis
Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 50°
Roseburg
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 53°
North Bend
Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 50°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events