From Our 2011 Archives
384,000 J&J Animas Insulin Pump Cartridges Recalled
Injuries Reported; Firm Says It's Contacting Users
Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed By Laura J. Martin, MD
March 9, 2011 -- Johnson & Johnson has recalled about 384,000 of its Animas Insulin Pump cartridges in the U.S. and France.
According to Reuters, J&J has received 22 injury reports so far.
The cartridges may leak at the plunger side of the cartridge. If this happens, users may receive too little insulin.
The results could be fatal. Diabetes patients who get too little insulin can develop diabetic ketoacidosis. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and excessive thirst and urination. If people with diabetes develop these symptoms, they should seek immediate medical care.
The recall was posted on J&J's Animas web site on Feb. 24. Reuters and Dow Jones Newswire first reported the recall on March 8. According to a message on J&J's Animas web site marked "urgent," the company is contacting every pump user that might have received the recalled cartridges.
Only specific lots of the cartridges are affected. The lot number is clearly marked on the product label. Recalled lot numbers are:
Patients using recalled cartridges should immediately disconnect the infusion set by following these instructions, as provided by Animas:
J&J says replacement cartridges have been shipped to users and should have been received by March 2. Users who have not received replacements may call 877-280-2339.
SOURCES: Johnson & Johnson Animas web site.Wall Street Journal.Reuters.