Three new lawsuits have been filed over failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by Rex Medical, and marketed and distributed by Argon Medical Devices. The complaints allege one IVC filter resulted in life-threatening injuries, one resulted in extensive medical treatment, and one resulted in death.
IVC filters are devices inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and are designed to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs. Permanent filters have a sturdier design, while temporary or retrievable IVC filters have a weaker design, leading to a high number of failures. The temporary filters have been found to commonly tilt, migrate, perforate or fracture.
Charles Moses of Niota, Tennessee, was implanted with an Option Retrievable IVC filter. He alleges the filter malfunctioned, and as a result he experienced life-threatening injuries with damage that required extensive medical treatment. Moses says he is now experiencing extreme pain and is unable to enjoy life as before. He now requires anticoagulation medications to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Martha Smith of Memphis, Tennessee, also received an Option Retrievable IVC filter, which her lawsuit alleges failed. According to the suit, she has experienced severe pain and life-threatening injuries that will require extensive medical care. The filter was unable to be retrieved, and Smith will now require close monitoring of the filter to reduce the risk of new blood clots developing. She has now been placed on anticoagulation medical as well.
Geraldine Johnson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Robert Johnson, also a recipient of an Option Retrievable IVC filter. The lawsuit alleges the device malfunctioned, resulting in a pulmonary embolism that took his life.
The two companies are being accused of manufacturing a defective product, failure to warn, and continuing to sell a product that could lead to “severe health side effects, including, but not limited to: hemorrhage; cardiac/pericardial tamponade; cardiac arrhythmia and other symptoms similar to myocardial infarction; perforations of tissue, vessels and organs; and other severe personal injuries and diseases.”