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Pennsylvania Woman alleges IVC Filter injuries in Bard lawsuit

A Pennsylvania woman is suing C.R. Bard, the maker of her retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, for injuries she alleges she sustained when the device failed. Violet C. received a G2 IVC filter at a hospital in Pennsylvania in 2009. The filter was placed to prevent pulmonary embolism from blood clots she had developed. It later fractured, with fragments migrating to the pulmonary arteries, the right ventricle, pericardium, iliac vein, and kidney. Four of the fractured filter limbs were located not far from the filter, but three of the limbs were never found. Only a year after Violet received her IVC filter, the ... Read More

IVC Filter Fragments Lodged in Heart, Lungs prompts lawsuit

A Pennsylvania resident has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of his inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, The Daily Hornet reports. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Shadyside), Robert T., a resident of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, was given a G2 Retrievable IVC filter, made by C.R. Bard, on April 10, 2008. Dr. Kevin McCluskey thought it was the best way for Robert to avoid a pulmonary embolism, the condition in which a blood clot enters the lungs. IVC filters are cage-like devices that are inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and are designed to catch blood ... Read More

Alabama Man Files IVC Filter Lawsuit Against C.R. Bard

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 ... Read More

Study Estimated 40 percent of Bard’s Meridian IVC Filters Would Fracture Within 5.5 Years

It’s been a little more than a year since the multidistrict litigation (MDL) was created surrounding complaints about C.R. Bard‘s IVC filters, and already more than 1,000 actions have been filed. The litigation has been consolidated in Arizona federal court before U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. The Meridian model IVC filter is no longer manufactured or sold in the U.S., but lawsuits continue to pile up against the device manufacturer for IVC filters alleging the same issues. The suits against Bard claim that the company knew, or should have known, about the devices’ alleged defects, including the tendency to fracture, ... Read More

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