Information from Medtronic about possible battery issues in Synchromed® drug pumps - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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Information from Medtronic about possible battery issues in Synchromed® drug pumps

August 15, 2011

In July, Medtronic provided physicians with new information about possible reduced battery performance in a small percentage of the SynchroMed® drug pumps used to deliver intrathecal baclofen, a medication used to treat severe spasticity. A battery with reduced performance may need to be replaced sooner than expected. In addition, the reduced performance may cause the drug flow rate to be reset to a very low level. In the event of reduced battery performance, a person would experience a significant increase in spasticity or and perhaps some withdrawal symptoms as the supply of medication is decreased. Medtronic is NOT recommending pump replacement because the risk of this change in battery performance is very low, and the surgery poses its own risks. The pump’s alarm system will sound if there is a problem. Read here for more information on the Medtronic Web site or call Medtronic Patient Services toll free at 1 (800) 510-6735.

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