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Study Finds IVC Filters may Not Meet Safety and Effectiveness Criteria

In a recent study testing the safety and effectiveness of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters used to protect against pulmonary embolism (PE), researchers have concluded that the device fell short of criteria required to deem the device safe and effective. A pulmonary embolism is a severe condition that is often fatal. It occurs when a blood clot forms in a lower extremity and embolizes to the heart or lungs. Anticoagulation medication is used for treatment of recurrent embolism, but not all patients can tolerate the drugs. A vena cava filter is often used in place of anticoagulation medication. It is a ... Read More

Lawsuits Against C.R. Bard for allegedly Faulty Retrievable IVC Filters Converge in Phoenix

A federal judge in Phoenix has been appointed to oversee an upwards of 400 cases in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in which patients claim C.R. Bard manufactured a defective product with the retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. IVC filters are cage-like devices that are implanted in the largest vein of the body. Their purpose is to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs, particularly in patients that cannot take anticoagulation medication. Retrievable IVC filters are meant to be temporary, and the FDA recommends retrieval between 29 and 54 days after insertion. Bard’s retrievable filters are the Recovery, G2 and G2 Express. ... Read More

Doctors Discover 4.5 Centimeter Wire in Delaware Woman’s Chest; IVC Filter Fractured

On July 5, 2005, Bianca Fraser-Johnson received an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The filter was a G2 retrievable model made by C.R. Bard, one not designed to be left in place for long periods of time. In July of 2013, Fraser-Johnson was living in Delaware when she began experiencing severe chest pain, and rushed to her doctor to be checked. On July 10, doctors removed a 4.5 centimeter wire from her chest, not knowing how the wire could have gotten there. In the spring of 2015, Fraser-Johnson experienced severe chest pain again, and ... Read More

New study reveals that educating doctors about IVC filters reduced usage

Last month, a study was published regarding physician’s education on the use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. The purpose of the study was to see if the physicians’ familiarity with IVC filter use, the current evidence of its efficacy, and guidelines on insertion and retrieval had any impact on the physicians’ use of the device, and the retrieval rates. The abstract for the study notes methodology involves “Fourteen continuing medical education-approved in-hospital grand rounds covering evidence-based review of the literature on IVC filter efficacy, patient-centered outcomes, guidelines for IVC filter indications, and complications were performed across a large United States ... Read More

Research reveals Main Cause of Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis is an Unretrieved IVC Filter

Inferior vena cava thrombosis isn’t as common as deep vein thrombosis, but is equally as dangerous. It can cause a variety of symptoms, which may make it difficult to diagnose initially, but can often be detected with a CT scan. Treatment usually consists of surgical management, anticoagulation medication, and/or thrombolytic therapy. IVC blood clots can be caused by many things, such as tumors, inflammatory processes, or vessel injury due to trauma (from a car accident, for example). But the main cause of IVC thrombosis is surprising: unretrieved IVC filters. Dr. Mohamad Alkhouli from University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, told Reuters Health ... Read More

Retrievable IVC Filter Breaks Apart; Embolizes Lung, Liver and Heart

Recently, a patient that had received the Bard G2 retrievable IVC filter experienced dangerous injuries when the filter fractured, which resulted in embolization of the lung, liver and heart. According to an FDA report, the fractured IVC filter was found in a CT scan. Two filter fragments were embolized in the lungs. Another fragment had made its way to the liver, and another had already migrated to the right ventricle of the heart. Thankfully, the fragments were removed along with the failed filter itself. The Bard G2 is one of many retrievable IVC filter models that are the target of lawsuits ... Read More

Study shows that Bard Recovery and G2 IVC Filters had high prevalence of fracture and embolization

The Department of Cardiology at York Hospital in York, Penn., conducted a study to test the safety of C.R. Bard’s IVC filters – particularly the Recovery and G2 models – and concluded with shocking results. A retrievable IVC filter is a spider-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava (the largest vein in the body) and is supposed to catch blood clots that could make their way to the lungs and/or heart, resulting in pulmonary embolism. The retrievable types are intended to be removed after a certain length of time, and are not to be permanent. However, when the device ... Read More