Certain MiniMed Insulin Pumps Recalled Due to Security Concerns


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning[1] that certain Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps have the potential to be hacked, allowing a unauthorized third party to change the pump settings. Medtronic is recalling the following pumps and providing alternative pumps to users:

Pump Model Software Version
MiniMed™ 508 All versions
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 511 All versions
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 512/712 All versions
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 515/715 All versions
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 522/722 All versions
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 522K/722K All versions
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 523/723 Version 2.4A or lower
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 523K/723K Version 2.4A or lower
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 712E* All versions
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ Veo 554CM/754CM* Version 2.7A or lower
MiniMed™ Paradigm™ Veo 554/754* Version 2.6A or lower

* Available outside the United States only.

Steps for determining the software version of your pump are available in this MiniMed patient letter[2]. If your pump is part of the recall, you should speak with your health-care provider about switching to a different model and should call Medtronic at (866) 222-2584 with any questions.

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According to the FDA, to decrease the risk of your pump being hacked while you are waiting for a replacement, you should take the following steps:

• Keep your pump and all connected devices in your control whenever possible.

• Do not share the pump serial number.

• Pay attention to pump alarms, alerts and notifications.

• Check your blood glucose levels and respond accordingly.

• Immediately cancel any unintended boluses.

• Connect the pump to Medtronic devices and software only.

• Disconnect the USB device from the computer when you are not using it to download pump data.

If you have symptoms of severe hypoglycemia[4] or diabetic ketoacidosis[5], or you think your pump settings have changed unexpectedly, you should get medical help right away.

To learn more about the pump recall, see the notice on the FDA website[6] or the Medtronic MiniMed website[7].

Diane Fennell[8]

Diane Fennell

Senior Digital Editor for DiabetesSelfManagement.com, Fennell has 16 years’ experience specializing in diabetes and related health conditions. Based in New York City, she has a degree from Columbia University.

  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/certain-medtronic-minimed-insulin-pumps-have-potential-cybersecurity-risks-fda-safety-communication
  2. this MiniMed patient letter: https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/customer-support/product-and-service-updates/notice11-letter
  3. sign up for our free newsletter: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/newsletter/
  4. severe hypoglycemia: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/understanding-hypoglycemia/
  5. diabetic ketoacidosis: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/diabetic-ketoacidosis/
  6. notice on the FDA website: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/certain-medtronic-minimed-insulin-pumps-have-potential-cybersecurity-risks-fda-safety-communication
  7. Medtronic MiniMed website: https://info.medtronicdiabetes.com/legacyexchange
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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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