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.
On Monday, the FDA announced that Medtronic has issued a Class I recall of their SynchroMed II Implantable Infusion Pump, models 8637-20 and 8637-40, distributed between May 2004 and July 8, 2011. These are the same pumps for which an alert was issued in July of this year. You can read the details of the July alert here: Pain…