A Georgia widow has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of her husband’s IVC filter, blaming the companies for his death.
Marcia S., the widow of now-deceased Larry S., claims the Option ELITE retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter could have saved her husband’s life had it actually performed the job it was designed to do — catching blood clots.
The manufacturers are Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P., two companies that Marcia’s lawyers allege knew or should have known that the IVC filter device had such high potential to fail, according to the Daily Hornet.
Larry received the IVC filter on Aug. 31, 2015, at Gwinnett Hospital System in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The surgeon, Dr. Jaymin R. Patel, had inserted the filter to protect him against pulmonary embolism (PE), the deadly condition in which a blood clot reaches the lungs.
Just a little more than two weeks later, Larry suffered cardiopulmonary arrest due to blood clots in both lungs – clots the IVC filter completely failed to intercept. He passed away on Sept. 16, 2015.
The “bilateral pulmonary thromboemboli completely occluded the main, right, and left pulmonary arteries — the exact conditions that Option ELITE IVC Filter was supposed to prevent,” the lawsuit states.
The suit further adds, “An autopsy of Decedent revealed the Option ELITE filter had failed to filter or catch blood clots/thrombi traveling to Decedent’s heart and lungs, ultimately resulting in Decedent’s death.”
Rex Medical and Argon Medical are accused of not conducting necessary clinical testing, such as animal testing, to determine safety and efficacy of the IVC filter device.
The common issues with the Option ELITE associated with high rates of failure are fracturing, migrating, perforating, tilting, and embedding in the vein wall. Each issue is dangerous, life-threatening, and makes the filter difficult, and in some cases impossible, to remove.
The number of lawsuits currently pending against IVC manufacturers have rocketed to more than 4,000.