Many patients who received a retrievable IVC filter to reduce their risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolism are pursing financial compensation from C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and other IVC filter device makers for serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. If you have received an IVC filter that was meant to be retrieved, but has … Continue reading How to join the IVC filter litigation at no cost to you
For patients who have suffered a traumatic injury or who are undergoing voluntary or emergency surgery, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters can help trap blood clots that may break free from the lower extremities, and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs, where they can cause serious complications. The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava – the largest vein in the body – and feature a cage-like construction that, while designed to capture blood clots, allows deoxygenated blood to continue to flow around the device and return to the right atrium of the heart. Blood clot filters are intended to reduce the risk of stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other serious medical conditions, but it’s also important to be aware of their risks.
Product liability lawsuits over IVC filter migration and other complications continue to mount, and many of the complaints involve problems where the IVC filter migrated out of position and became embedded in internal organs, causing serious medical problems and making it difficult or impossible for the filter to be safely removed. If you have a … Continue reading Defective IVC Filters May Malfunction, Become Difficult to Remove
Dr. William Kuo, a doctor who specializes in removing damaged inferior vena cava (IVC) filters at the IVC Filter Clinic at Stanford Health Care, has spoken out about the dangers of the controversial medical devices, which have been implicated in hundreds of reports of serious injuries and more than three dozen patient deaths. According to Dr. Kuo, IVC filters, implanted to reduce the risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolism in patients who are unable to take anticoagulant drugs, “absolutely […] should have been recalled.” If you received an IVC filter in the past, and you have since suffered complications like filter migration, filter fracture, or perforation of the vena cava, consult an experienced IVC filter attorney to discuss your legal options.
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A recent three part NBC News Investigation has raised serious concerns regarding the safety and FDA Approval Process of some IVC Filters. The IVC Filter is a medical device implanted in thousands of Americans at risk for blood clots. Serious concerns have been raised including whether the manufacturer told all it knew about potentially fatal dangers associated with the devices.
NBC Investigation Recap – Part 1 – Blood Clot Filter Used on Thousands of Americans May Be Linked to Life-Threatening Side Effects
NBC Investigation Recap – Part 2 – Forged signature may have helped Bard Recovery IVC Filter gain FDA approval.
NBC Investigation Recap – Part 3 – C.R. Bard Continued to Sell Potentially Deadly Blood Clot Filters
In part three of its three-part segment dedicated to the potential safety risks of IVC filters, NBC News discusses why medical device maker C.R. Bard replaced its problem Recovery filter, which was linked to 27 deaths and hundreds of non-fatal injuries, with a modified version the company knew almost right away had similar flaws. The spider-shaped Recovery and G2 series of blood clot filters designed and sold by C.R. Bard are implanted in the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, to trap blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs. In total, blood clot filters are implanted in approximately 250,000 patients in the United States every year, most without incident, but the Recovery, G2 and G2 Express filters proved early on to be associated with a higher-than-expected rate of problems.
In the second segment of its IVC filter investigation, published in September 2015, NBC News revealed that medical device maker C.R. Bard had recruited a regulatory specialist named Kay Fuller to help gain approval from the FDA for its Recovery blood clot filter, after the agency had rejected the company’s initial application. When Fuller refused to sign the application due to safety concerns though, Bard allegedly took matters into its own hands and forged Fuller’s signature on key documents submitted to the FDA, clearing the way for the potentially dangerous blood clot filter to become available to consumers. If you received an IVC filter in the past, and you have since suffered serious complications like filter fracture or migration, consult an experienced blood clot injury attorney today for legal help.
As part of a three-part series examining the alleged side effects of IVC filters, NBC News published an article last September raising questions about one blood clot filter in particular – C.R. Bard’s Recovery filter – including whether Bard disclosed to the public everything it knew about potentially fatal flaws in the filter’s design. If you received a Bard Recovery filter or another IVC filter to reduce your risk of blood clot-related injuries, and you have since suffered a severe complication like filter migration, filter fracture, or perforation of the vena cava, contact a knowledgeable product liability lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a blood clot filter lawsuit against C.R. Bard, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.