IVC Filter Lawsuits
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IVC filters are designed to prevent pulmonary embolism by being placed in the vein of a patient so it will catch any blood clots before they are able to reach the lungs. The device is then placed into the inferior vena cava, which returns blood to the heart from the lower half of the body. The device’s purpose is to catch or filter clots before they reach the heart.
Manufacturers of IVC Filters
The two largest manufacturers of IVC filters are C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular (Bard) and Cook Medical. Other manufacturers include Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, B. Braun Medical, ALN, Rex Medical and Rafael Medical.
Complications with Retrievable IVC Filters
When the filter is first implanted the vein can become damaged or blood clots can form and bypass the device. However, more serious complications can occur because of the filters themselves. These complications include:
|Type of Adverse Event||No. of Reports|
|Perforation of the IVC||70|
Updated FDA Warning: 2014
On May 6, 2014, the FDA released an updated warning about these devices. The FDA continued to warn of the risk of retrievable IVC filters. Based on the FDA’s research, if a patient’s risk for pulmonary embolism has passed, then it is better to remove the IVC filter between 29 and 54 days after implantation, or else the risk of serious side effects would be higher.
Bard IVC Filters
While there are many manufacturers of IVC filters, the FDA has expressed specific concern with Bard IVC Filters. The FDA expressed those concerns in a warning letter sent to the company in July 2015. The FDA stated that it had found the following violations in its inspection of the Bard facility:
Current litigation: Bard and Cook
Approximately 102 cases have been filed against Cook for its IVC filters and more than 400 cases have been filed against Bard. Have the manufacturers disclosed all they know about the risks or potential dangers of these devices? Regardless, the manufacturers have decided to not issue a recall of their devices.
Bariatric patients were potentially targeted as patients to receive the IVC filter. So, if you are a bariatric patient, we suggest you consult with your physician if you received such a device.