Do You Have an IVC Filter Claim?
IVC Filter Injury Attorneys in Boston
The idea behind inferior vena cava (IVC) filters was to halt a blood clot, which would eventually dissipate, protecting those at high risk of blood clots from suffering from a fatal embolism. IVC filters that at times are referred to as “blood clot filters,” were first approved in 2002 for patients who couldn’t take anticoagulants or for cases in which the medications failed. During this time, the IVC filter was portrayed as life-saving, medical-technological breakthrough.
Over time it became apparent that for a majority of patients, the dangers far outweighed the benefits.
If you or a loved one suffers from serious injury due to an IVC Filter, call the experienced Massachusetts defective product lawyers at the Attorney Injury Group at 617-934-7000 for help. We will investigate your accident and injury claim, and work to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
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IVC FILTER COMPLICATIONS
IVC Filter Complications include:
- Damage to Vena Cava or lungs
- Fracture of the IVC filter
- Internal bleeding
- Lower limb deep vein thrombosis
- Nerve Injury
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Puncture, perforation or serious damage to the heart
C.R. Bard® and Cook Group, Inc.®, are the largest manufacturers of these devices and continue to undoubtedly defend their product, even in brink of growing research detailing the problems associated with the use of the brands IVC filters and numerous public warnings from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The products include:
- Celect™ Filter
- Denali® IVC Filter
- Eclipse Filter®
- Gunther™ Tulip® Filter
- Meridian™ Filter
- The Bard G2® Express Filter
- The Bard G2® Filter
- The Bard Recovery® Filter
There have been thousands of reports to the FDA explaining the adverse and serious effects related to the Bard IVC filters; some deaths have even been reported. The reports include complications related to:
- Device migration
- Emoblizations (device component detachment)
- Filter fracture
- Perforation of the IVC
- Scientific and others
- Similar complications have been reported with filters made by Cook Medical, B. Braun, Boston
- Tilting or shifting of the device inside the artery
Patients adversely affected by IVC filters should seek help from the experienced attorneys at the Attorney Injury Group, we will fight for you.
The FDA Takes IVC Filter Manufacturers to Task
C.R. Bard, Inc and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc were cited by the FDA in 2005 for 8 violations related to the production and use of their IVC filters. The company was allegedly found illegally selling adulterated and misbranded IVC filters, and neglected to report these complications and adverse reactions associated with these filters to the FDA and the public.
These violations included:
- The company never receiving clearance for its release and sale of Model RC-15 – a direct violation of 21 U.S.C. § 321(h). Due to the company’s greed and the fact that they had no other device to remove the filters they
- When it came to the G2 Filter, G2 Express Filter and Denali filter, the FDA determined Bard violated 21 U.S.C. § 820.198(a) for the way it processed complaints, investigations and reporting. The company reportedly failed to report when pieces broke off in the body and resulted in hemorrhaging and migration to the heart and lungs and other serious injuries. There were at least 10 patients who had serious complications and failed retrieval surgeries that were never reported to the FDA.
- In violation of 21 U.S.C. § 803.50(a)(2), the FDA alleged the company failed to report information it new reasonably showing its IVC filters malfunctioned and caused or contributed to serious injury or death.
- In violation of 21 U.S.C. 820.80(b), the FDA determined the Denali Filter didn’t meet its predefined acceptance criteria for function because manufacturer failed to properly test, inspect or otherwise verify that the product conformed to specified requirements.
The FDA issued a Class I recall in 2005 for 18,000 Stainless Steel Greenfield Vena Cava Filter made by Boston Scientific; including devices made prior to March 2004. Since then there have not been any other recalls initiated, but there have been numerous studies outlining the potential dangers.
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