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Bard IVC Filter Complications Lawsuit

Consumer Alert: FDA warns against IVC filter usage due to the possibility that these devices may fragment and embolize in the body. To date, nearly 1,000 adverse events related to Bard IVC Filter complications have been reported. Physicians and patients are urged to weigh risks vs. benefits extremely carefully.

Bard IVC Filter Complications Update 3/21/13: Two studies and an editorial published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine raised questions about the placement of inferior vena cava filters. The research indicates that not only is there a lack of evidence establishing the effectiveness of IVC filters, but that a lack of data has led to great uncertainty as to how to correctly use the implants. Click here to learn more.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not. So, if you have received an IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

On August 9, 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a warning letter about the potential side effects linked to retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc. Although these products have yet to be recalled, the FDA has received over 900 adverse event reports since the device was first introduced in 2005. Specifically,  it has been reported that the IVC filters can fragment and embolize in the body.

IVC ‘Blood Clot Filter’ Complications

IVC filter complications are very serious and can be life-threatening. Adverse events reported to the FDA include cases of:

  • Fracture of the IVC Filter
  • IVC Filter Migration
  • Perforation of the Heart, Lung, & Vena Cava
  • Hemorrhage
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Respiratory compromise
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Death

The Bard Recovery IVC filter and Bard G2 IVC filter were approved by the FDA without providing data regarding the safety of these medical devices. “The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) subsides,” according to the FDA’s August 9, 2010 report. Click here to read the official FDA press release.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not. So, if you have received an IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

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