An Ohio woman filed a lawsuit over an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter injury, joining thousands of other patients who claim injuries from the same device.
The Daily Hornet reports that Cassandra B. filed a lawsuit alleging she was injured by the Gunther Tulip, made by Cook Medical Inc. and William Cook Europe ApS, and is asking the manufacturer to take responsibility for its defective device.
Cassandra’s IVC filter was implanted in her inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, on Oct. 15, 2007, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The surgeon, Dr. Syed Zamir, thought the device was her best protection against pulmonary embolism, a deadly condition in which a blood clot enters the lungs. Neither patient nor doctor was aware of the high rate of failure associated with the filter.
When Cassandra was injured after receiving the device, she blamed the manufacturer, accusing it of selling a defective product and failing to warn of the dangers and risks.
The Gunther Tulip has been associated with high rates of failure, backed by multiple studies which have demonstrated device fracture, as well as embolism by the broken fragments as it traveled through the patient’s bloodstream.
In one study of 120 patients who received a Gunther Tulip IVC filter, 43 percent were injured by the filter puncturing the vein. “Greenfield filters had a significantly lower rate of IVC perforation than Celect and Tulip filters,” the study concluded. “Higher IVC perforation rates were observed in women and patients with a history of malignancy.”
More than 4,000 other IVC filter lawsuits are currently pending in a multi-district litigation against their manufacturers for injuries and deaths linked to the device.