What to Know About the Medtronic Synchromed II Recall


If you have been affected by a defective Medtronic SynchroMedi II, continue reading to learn more about the recall. Reach out to our experienced defective medical device attorney for assistance.

What is the Medtronic SynchroMed II?

The SynchroMed II intrathecal pump is a small, battery-powered device. This device is used to dispense and store medication in the body by delivering the medicine to the fluid around the spine through a thin tube called a catheter. This device delivers a liquid form of baclofen called Lioresal® Intrathecal (baclofen injection) continuously into the body. The pump is programmed by your doctor who will program the certain amount of medication you will receive. They will also be able to make adjustments as your needs change.

What should I know about the Medtronic Synchromed II recall?

The Medtronic SynchroMed II was recalled by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2019. The affected pumps were distributed to patients between May 11, 2018, and September 5, 2019. This includes over 7,300 devices.

The pump was recalled due to a permanent motor stall. This motor stall could prevent drugs to be property infused as a result of foreign particles that were inside the pump motor assembly. It is important that you consult with your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you have had a Medtronic SynchroMed II installed during the dates listed above.

What should I do if I have suffered a serious injury due to a defective Medtronic Synchromed II Infusion Pump?

It is important that you take the following steps after you have sustained injuries from a defective Medtronic Synchromed II Infusion Pump:

  1. Seek immediate medical treatment. Medical evaluation should not be delayed.
  2. Retain the medical records from your treatment. These medical documents should include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  3. Collect evidence that will support a defective medical device claim such as photographs of the device and the scene of your accident.
  4. Document your injuries with photos and a log of your recovery. This should include detailed notes regarding your emotions, the pain level you are in, how your injuries impact your daily activities, and any psychological effects.
  5. Store the device in a place where it cannot be tampered with.
  6. If the device was prescribed to you, gather any documentation relating to this prescription.
  7. Reach out to an experienced Texas defective medical device attorney for assistance filing your claim.

If you have been negatively impacted by using a Medtronic SynchroMed II, you require the assistance of an experienced attorney who can help you recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Brock & Goetzmann can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to after suffering from burdens caused by a defective device. For a skilled legal team committed to helping you find justice after being hurt by a Medtronic SynchroMed II, call Brock & Goetzmann today.

What issues are caused by defective infusion pumps?

Defective infusion pumps have other issues commonly associated with them including battery failure due to film buildup and pocket fills which can cause the dose to be injected into the skin instead of into the device which can result in a possibly fatal overdose. When an incorrect dosage of medicine is administered, a patient can suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Itching
  • Low blood pressure
  • Tingling sensations
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Return of pain or previous symptoms


Brock & Goetzmann has significant experience representing victims of defective medical devices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  If you have been impacted in any way by a defective medical device, preserve the evidence and call us to investigate. Give our experienced Texas firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.

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