Medical devices

FDA warns about insulin pump cybersecurity

A diabetes patient with their insulin pump
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Something new for diabetes patients to worry about: Someone nearby could potentially connect wirelessly to your Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump, the FDA warned yesterday.

My thought bubble: While the agency said that, as far as it knows, no one has actually hacked into someone else's insulin pump and harmed them, this is the future of health care cyber risk.

Teleflex slips after recalls of fatal medical tubes

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Shares of Teleflex dropped 3% today after the medical device maker recalled its endotracheal tubes, which are supposed to help patients breathe. The FDA classified the recall as Class I, the most serious kind, after 4 deaths were linked to the devices.

Yes, but: Teleflex's stock price is up 30% year to date. Medical device fatalities are crushing for patients and their families, but usually are just blips on the stock market.