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Johnson & Johnson is warning patients about a security loophole that can leave them vulnerable to overdosing on insulin. The warnings were mailed to 114,000 customers throughout the United States and Canada, as well as doctors who might prescribe the device. It is believed that it is the first time a pharmaceutical company has warned its customers about a security vulnerability.
“The probability of unauthorized access to the OneTouch Ping System is extremely low,” the company said in a letter to patients alerting them to the risk. “It would require technical expertise, sophisticated equipment and proximity to the pump, as the OneTouch Ping system is not connected to the Internet or to any external network.”
Jay Radcliffe, a researcher at cyber security firm Rapid7 Inc and a diabetic, told Reuters that the loophole allows hackers to spoof communication between the remote and the insulin pump allowing unauthorized insulin injections from up to 25 feet away that can lead to an overdose. Too much insulin can cause individuals living with diabetes to have a potentially life threatening hyperglycemic reaction. He brought the risks to J&J’s attention in April after identifying ways to hack the device, according to Reuters, which first reported the weakness. That allowed the company to investigate and work with U.S. regulators and the hacker, the same security researcher who earlier exposed the issue with a Medtronic pump.
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More on the diabetes device market in the U.S. can be found in a series of reports published by iData Research entitled the US Market for Diabetes Monitoring, Treatment and Drug Delivery. The suite covers reports on the following markets: blood glucose meters, blood glucose test strips, lancets and lancing devices, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), flash glucose monitoring (FGM), insulin, insulin pens, insulin syringes and insulin pumps.
The iData report series on diabetes devices covers the U.S. and 15 countries in Europe including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment. To find out more about diabetes devices market data, register online or email us at [email protected] for a US Market for Diabetes Monitoring, Treatment and Drug Delivery brochure and synopsis.
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