Were The Risks Of IVC Filters Known By The Manufacturers?

IVC filters are umbrella shaped, metal devices implanted in patients who are at risk for blood clots but are unable to take standard blood thinners. Due to their shape, IVC filters allow healthy blood to flow through the patient while stopping blood clots before they are able to get to the heart. Once the clots are caught by the filter, they are expected to break up.

While IVC filters were approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, there have been several reports indicating that they have caused serious complications in those that were implanted. Some reports include allege that the filter has broken, moved, or even perforated the vena cava. Patients’ families have even reported death as the result of the IVC filters complications. Due to these troubling reports, the FDA issued a warning in 2010 recommending that IVC filters should be removed immediately following the risk of blood clots diminishing. However, in 2014 the FDA followed up their communication with a recommendation that all IVC filters should be taken out between 29 and 54 days after they were initially installed.

Overall, IVC filters have been linked to hundreds of injuries and nearly 30 reported deaths so far. This has led to a slew of lawsuits to be filed against CR Bard, who manufactures the Recovery IVC filter. The lawsuits assert that the platiniffs’ injuries were due to the IVC filter and that CR Bard knew or should have known about the serious health risks associated with their product. After a preliminary investigation, NBC News has found that CR Bard did know about the potential fatal risks of their IVC filters as early as 2004 after being informed about the results from a study that they, themselves, had commissioned. However, they still continued to sell and promote the use of their filters with this knowledge. If NBC’s report is true, and it is allowed in court, it will be extremely helpful to all patients who have experienced a negative side effect as the result of having an IVC filter implanted.

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