FDA infusion pump recall points to greater product concern

infusion pump recall
infusion pump recall

The recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of one medical company's entire line of infusion pumps -- widely used to administer fluids to the human body -- has called attention to persistent safety problems across the industry.

The federal agency ordered Baxter International, one of the leading manufacturers, to "recall and destroy" all its Colleague brand pumps in the U.S., about 200,000. The recall follows repeated FDA attempts to work with Baxter to resolve serious safety problems.

Infusion pumps deliver fluids, including nutrients and medications such as antibiotics, pain relievers and chemotherapy drugs, in a controlled manner. They are widely used in hospitals, clinical settings, and by people, because of their accuracy.