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Pain Pump Nearly Did Him In, Man Says

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) - Medtronic's defective pain pump administered an overdose of morphine, sending a man to a hospital, he claims in St. Clair County Court.

Robert Prescott says Medtronic's drug infusion calibration device was implanted in him on Aug. 15, 2005 to inject morphine into his spine.

He says the only trouble he had with the pump at first was that it gave off an alarm stating it was low on morphine, though it wasn't.

But in September 2006, Prescott became extremely ill and was taken to the hospital were he was "out" for three days due to "vast amounts" of morphine, he says.

Prescott says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalled the pump in the spring of 2008. He had his pump removed in September 2008, after being told that his 2006 hospitalization was the result of a morphine overdose.

Prescott is represented by Bernard Ysursa with Cook Ysursa Bartholomew.

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