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IVC filter lawsuits Against Bard piling up

The number of lawsuits pending against medical device manufacturing giant C.R. Bard over IVC filters continues to grow. According to the latest report by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on July 17, 2017, there are now more than 2,200 lawsuits pending against Bard over inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. Lawsuits allege the IVC filters have injured people trusting the device to save their life. The latest lawsuit involves a Texas woman named Laura R. who claims she was injured by Bard’s Denali filter. Laura received the filter on May 20, 2016, to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which blood ... Read More

Idaho Man Files Lawsuit Over Cook IVC Filter

An Idaho man has filed a lawsuit against Cook Medical over an IVC filter that he claims is defective and led to his injuries. Jacob B. was implanted with a retrievable Celect inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on April 27, 2010, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho. Dr. Nicole Burbank inserted the filter to catch blood clots in his bloodstream, preventing a potential pulmonary embolism (PE). According to The Daily Hornet, the Celect filter has an extremely high rate of vein perforation, more so than other IVC filters available. The Celect has been accused of defective design as far back ... Read More

Alabama Woman Dies After IVC Filter Fails

A lawsuit has been filed against C.R. Bard over a fractured IVC filter on behalf of an Alabama woman who died after having been implanted with the filter. Effie R. has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Velvet R., who died after receiving a Denali inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, the Daily Hornet reports. Velvet received the IVC filter on Dec. 7, 2015, at a hospital within her state. The device was implanted to prevent blood clots from reaching her heart or lungs. The Denali is a fairly new model made by Bard, but is still known to have the same complications as the G2 and Recovery ... Read More

Cook IVC Filter Claims Receive Trial Dates

The first few cases alleging injuries related to Cook Medical’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have now received trial dates. The patients who claim they have suffered injuries from the filters will get their day in court, reports the Indianapolis Business Journal. The first case is scheduled for Oct. 2 of this year for a Florida woman who had a Celect retrievable filter surgically implanted seven years ago. The Celect filter is comprised of four anchoring legs to keep the device in place, and eight caging legs to catch blood clots before they reach her heart or lungs. The woman returned ... Read More

Cook IVC Filter bellwether goes to trial

The first bellwether case against Cook Medical over its inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is going to trial. The case is one among about 2,000 suits that have stacked up against Cook, from patients who claim their “life-saving” blood clot filters actually threatened their lives. IVC filters are cage-like devices inserted into the largest vein in the body to catch blood clots before they can reach the heart or lungs. Formerly, the filters were designed to be permanent, but the temporary versions have been found to be of a much more fragile design. As a result, the FDA recommends that retrievable ... Read More

IVC Filter Dwell time affects Retrieval Rate

According to a new study published in Helio, an online medical journal, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters that have remained in the body longer than seven months are less likely to come out easily using standard retrieval techniques. The study scrutinized 762 IVC filter retrieval procedures performed from the dates of January 2009 to April 2015. The success rate was 98 percent, and standard retrieval methods were effectively used in 82 percent of the procedures. More invasive, advanced methods were necessary in 18 percent of them. The only thing that changed results was the dwell time of the filter. Over the ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges Meridian IVC Filter defects

A Kansas woman has filed a lawsuit against C.R. Bard claiming her IVC filter was defective, resulting in injury, the Daily Hornet reports. Cheri Ann W. was implanted with a Meridian retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by C.R. Bard on July 8, 2014, at a hospital in Kansas with the intention of preventing pulmonary embolism, a deadly condition in which blood clots become lodged in the lungs. Some IVC filters are meant to be permanent, while others are designed to be retrievable after the danger of blood clots has passed. Retrievable IVC filters are devices that resemble a spider, with a hook at ... Read More

Connecticut Woman claims IVC Filter injury

A Connecticut woman has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical for injuries she claims are linked to her failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. IVC filters are devices resembling a spider inserted into the vena cava for the purpose of catching blood clots before they cause pulmonary embolism by travelling to the heart or lungs. The Daily Hornet reports that Peggy F. from Connecticut was inserted with an IVC filter on Feb. 2, 2014, at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. The filter was called an Option retrievable filter made by Rex Medical. Retrievable models are fashioned with a hook at the tip ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy increases plaque buildup in arteries of older men

A group of older men treated with AbbVie’s AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy for a year had a 20 percent greater buildup of non-calcified plaque in their arteries than men who received a placebo gel, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The men – 138 in total – had a mean age of 71 as well as having cardiovascular risk factors. Half had severe atherosclerosis, a buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls, which can cause blockages that can lead to conditions such as coronary artery disease, chronic ... Read More

Dangerous blood clots more likely during first six months of testosterone treatment

Men using testosterone replacement therapy have a 63 percent increased risk of developing life threatening blood clots during the first six months of treatment, but this testosterone side effect may have run under the radar in previous studies due to methodological issues, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Blood clots that start in the vein are called venous thromboembolism (VTE). The two types of VTE include deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a clot in the deep vein, usually the leg but can be in the arm or other veins; and pulmonary embolism (PE), when a DVT clot ... Read More