Kyler K., an Alabama resident, has joined more than 1,400 others in a lawsuit against C.R. Bard for problems allegedly tied to the company’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which his lawsuit says failed. Kyler was implanted with a Meridian IVC filter on April 23, 2013. This model is a fifth generation temporary design that was approved for sale in 2011.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that temporary, or retrievable, IVC filters be removed between 29 and 54 days.. However, in many cases, if the filter has migrated or perforated the vein, the device is rendered impossible to retrieve. The risk of injury or death grows the longer the device is left in the body.
Bard’s filters are each based off the model made before – the Meridian’s design came from the Eclipse, which came from the G2, which came from the Recovery, and so on. Lawsuits against Bard include complaints claiming the filters fractured, perforated, migrated, and/or tilted in the patients’ bodies.
One attorney described Bard’s IVC filters as “ticking time bombs implanted in unsuspecting patients.”
The Recovery filter alone has been linked to at least 27 deaths and hundreds of non-fatal injuries.
Kyler was given a filter that was later pulled off the market due to its high rate of failure. In 2013 alone, the Meridian filter was included in 38 reports of spontaneous fractures, where the broken fragments traveled in the bloodstream, impaling veins, vital organs as well as the heart or lungs.
According to one study, the Meridian proved to have a failure rate of 40 percent within five years. The Meridian, the Recovery and the G2 models were all pulled off the market.
Source: Daily Hornet