Alaris Medical Pumps Recall Lawyers
Infusion pumps are commonly used in both medical settings and in the home to deliver fluids such as nutrients and medications in controlled amounts. Because they are often used to administer critical medications directly into a patient, a pump failure can have an enormous and devastating impact on a patient’s health.
Yet over the past several years, the FDA has reported numerous and serious safety issues with the BD Alaris infusion pump, warning that its design could lead to over or under-infusion, or missed treatments, leading to severe injury or death. If you or your family member were injured due to a BD Alaris infusion pump, you should connect with a skilled attorney as soon as possible to review your legal rights. The attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt are here to help you focus on your recovery while we determine if you have a case.
Five new BD Alaris Pumps have been recalled
Which BD Alaris Pumps Are Being Recalled?
On September 21st, 2020, several BD Alaris units were recalled by the FDA. A Class 1 recall is the most serious category and indicates that there is a reasonable probability that using the product could result in a serious or fatal outcome.
The Class 1 recall affects these models:
- BD Alaris PC Unit 8015 manufactured from April 7, 2017 – Present
- BD Alaris Pump Module 8100 manufactured from December 1, 2016 – January 23, 2019
- BD Alaris Syringe Module Model 8100
- PCA Module 8120
The two pump units were found to exhibit unresponsive or stuck keys as a result of fluid build-up, which could cause the unit to delay or interrupt the infusion. The PC unit displayed incorrect syringe types and sizes, which could cause an under or over-infusion of fluids.
The following model was given a Class 2 recall, which is less severe.
- BD Alaris EtCO2 Module 8300 manufactured from January 5, 2018 – January 4, 2019
BD has had numerous recalls in the past
Who May Be Affected by the Recall
Alaris pumps are used in multiple settings, so multiple systems and individuals may be affected by this recall, including:
- Health care providers
- Patients receiving infusions, including adults, pediatric, and neonatal care patients.
- Biomedical engineering staff managing hospital systems
High-risk patients who are receiving life-sustaining infusions are at the greatest risk of serious injury or death. The FDA has encouraged all medical professionals and patients who have been affected to report any injuries, side effects, or fatalities connected with these recalled devices to the FDA’s MedWatch Program.
Infusion Pump Recalls Are Becoming Increasingly Common
These pumps are only the latest to be recalled by the FDA. Only months prior to this recall, BD recalled 774,000 Alaris infusion pumps due to software errors that were associated with serious injuries and at least one death. In the prior year, BD also recalled more than 150 million Alaris infusion sets due to issues with collapsing tubing which increased the risk of medication overdoses.
Between 2005 and 2009 there were over 56,000 adverse events reported due to infusion pump issues in the United States. Over 80 infusion pumps were recalled, with 14 of those being Class 1 recalls. The FDA has concluded that most of the issues seem to be related to flaws in the design and engineering of these devices and launched the “Infusion Pump Improvement Initiative” to address these problems.
Contact an Alaris Recall Lawyer Today
The FDA’s initiative was aimed at curbing software defects, mechanical or electrical failures, and user interface problems that have plagued infusion pumps for years. Yet as this latest round of recalls shows, there are still dangerous devices being manufactured and sold to hospitals and consumers around the country.
No one should have to worry about a faulty infusion pump causing more harm to an already ill patient. If you or your family member were injured as a result of an Alaris infusion pump, you deserve fair and just compensation for your injuries or losses. The team at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt have over 30 years of experience helping clients navigate these complex legal issues, and can provide you with a free consultation today. Give us a call at 1-866-869-5318 or reach out by filling out our form.