Insulin Pump Recalled due to Cybersecurity Risks

Insulin Pump Recalled due to Cybersecurity Risks

As technology continues to advance and healthcare becomes more digital, more privacy and security concerns start to come with it. This recall of a wirelessly controlled insulin pump is a prime example. According to the FDA:

Medtronic is recalling the specified insulin pumps due to potential cybersecurity risks. An unauthorized person (someone other than a patient, patient caregiver, or health care provider) could potentially record and replay the wireless communication between the remote and the MiniMed insulin pump. This person could instruct the pump to either over-deliver insulin to a patient, leading to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or stop insulin delivery, leading to high blood sugar and diabetic ketoacidosis, even death.

Luckily, the FDA is not aware of any actual cyber instances that caused any harm to a patient.

These risks were announced by the FDA back on June 27, 2019, but today the FDA is announcing it is a Class I recall, “the most serious type of recall.”

Read the full announcement here: fda.gov.

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Richard Waithe, PharmD | [email protected]

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  • Curtis Johnstone

    This is so dangerous !! OMG !!

  • Mike Fortein

    Sometimes it's better to use old school methods.

  • Sam Blythe

    Major blow for Digital Health & Pharma

  • Zack Donnelly

    I don't understand these hackers.....

  • Ben Angus

    Feel sorry for the future victims. God bless them.

  • Jason Walker

    I feel shaky after reading this news

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Richard Waithe, PharmD

Healthcare Guru

Dr. Richard is the Founder of MedVize, a personal medication management company and is the host of Rx Radio, a podcast dedicated the pharmacy profession. He is a pharmacist who is committed to helping individuals better manage their health and medications. He is passionate about advancing the profession of pharmacy with a focus on machine learning and blockchain technologies. His mission is to provide people with understandable knowledge to best manage their health while ensuring their medications are convenient, affordable, safe, and effective. Dr. Richard holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida, and fun fact, although living in sunny Miami, Florida, he loves snowboarding. 

   

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