Pain pumps are used to provide a continuous flow of a drug into the bloodstream to help ease chronic pain. Pumps are implanted in the body and are used for long-term control of a painful condition, often through the use of opioid medication, such as morphine. This provides a continuous, steady stream of the drug for the sufferer throughout a given day.
Last Friday Medtronic, Inc. issued an urgent alert regarding potential battery problems with their SynchroMed® II Implantable Drug Infusion Pump. In a small percentage of the pumps, a film can form within the pump battery that may impact performance. According to the company, this can lead to the sudden loss of drug therapy and the return of…