Implantable infusion pumps

Implantable drug delivery systems deliver an active drug to a target organ or body compartment for prolonged periods of time. The pump is surgically implanted underneath the skin, operates by battery, and connects to a tube or catheter that is placed in the appropriate body area.

Status: Decision completed

Why are implantable infusion pumps being reviewed?

Issues of efficacy, safety, and cost for permanent implantation of an implantable infusion pump for drug administration to treat chronic noncancer pain were identified. Extreme concerns regarding implantable infusion pump overdose, pump failure, and misuse.

Primary criteria ranking

  • Safety = High
  • Efficacy = Medium
  • Cost = Low


Type Materials
Assessment (2008)