What do you all make of this:


"Medtronic, the world's largest standalone medical device maker, has agreed to stop manufacturing and distributing the SynchroMed pumps except in extraordinary cases where a physician certifies the product is medically necessary for treatment."

I'm a bit baffled by this line. Who else would be getting a pump except those whom a physician had certified it as being medically necessary? This feels like a slap-on-the-wrist kind of thing, if that's the kind of teeth the government brought out.

I had one of these pumps put int about two years ago. Life is much improved with it, but reading about their quality control issues is scary. And what happens when the battery dies on this one? Will I have any trouble finding a new one, or is there a competing device from another manufacturer that I could look into?