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Inferior Vena Cava Filter - Death Or Serious Injuries
We are currently reviewing potential cases involving these filters and any resulting injuries.
IVC filters are small, cage-like metal devices implanted in the inferior vena cava, the main blood vessel running from the lower body to the heart and lungs. IVC filters have been implanted in hundreds of thousands of Americans for years. The filters are small, metal devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava. These devices were originally intended to prevent blood clots from entering the lungs and causing pulmonary embolisms. The filters are typically implanted as an alternative for patients that may suffer from adverse reactions to blood-thinning medications.
IVC Filter In Body
Adverse event reports have shown that IVC filters can fracture or migrate causing significant injuries. The filters are also known to shift or tilt which makes retrieval of the device extremely difficult and far more complex than initially advertised. IVC filters that fractured and/or migrated can travel to vital organs in the body such as the lungs, kidneys, liver and heart. When this occurs, the migration, itself, or removal of the filter or fractured portion can cause severe complications and even death.
C.R. Bard and Cook Medical are two of the most well-known IVC filter manufacturers that own a large percentage of the market share. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued numerous safety warnings regarding the use of retrievable IVC filters. Most recently, in July 2015, the FDA sent a warning letter to C.R. Bard stating that their Recovery Cone Removal System was not properly approved or cleared by the FDA. As a result, the Removal System cannot currently be used to retrieve the company's own IVC filters.
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- NBC news story about a female who was in a car accident and her IVC perforated her heart. She survived when they removed the piece of IVC metal.
- FDA report showing the risks of using an IVC Filter. FDA warned of filter migrations, detachments, perforations, and filter fractures.
- NBC reports that data shows approximately 300 non-fatal problems have been reported with the IVC Recovery, which is one of thousands of medical products sold by C.R. Bard."
- NBC says that the device, which is implanted in thousands of people, was associated with 27 deaths and hundreds of other non-fatal problems after it received FDA clearance. Also, a former CR Bard insider talks about FDA clearance without her signature.