Multiple Hacking Risks Found In Another Infusion Pump
After a hacker brought the issue to the attention of Smiths Medical, the company engaged US FDA and the Department of Homeland Security, which alerted users that Smith's Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe infusion pumps are at risk from multiple cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
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The global infusion drug delivery market continues to be driven by the rising prevalence of chronic disease and associated obesity, coupled with a growing aging population. Technological advancements such as less invasive pumps, needlestick prevention features and miniaturization have also supported the growing demand, but obstacles such as safety and security issues remain. According to a new report by Meddevicetracker, the global market for infusion pumps and disposables will reach $9.9bn by 2022, a CAGR of 6.4% from 2017. This article takes an in-depth look at the overall infusion pumps market, and dives deeper into the three fastest-growing segments – insulin, enteral and disposable pumps – highlighting the key players and competitive landscape.
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