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Second Cook IVC filter bellwether trial scheduled

The second IVC filter bellwether trial against Cook Medical is scheduled to start late April 2018, one of thousands of cases pending in a multi district litigation in the Southern District of Indiana. IVC filters are tiny, cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart. They are intended as a short-term treatment to capture blood clots before they reach the heart. IVC filters have been linked to serious and sometimes fatal complications. The metal legs of the filter can perforate the vena cava and even break off ... Read More

Pieces of fractured IVC filter remain in woman’s body

Tonya Brand was 44 in March 2009 when she was implanted with the Gunther Tulip IVC filter made by Cook Medical prior to back surgery. The metal, cage-like device, called an IVC filter, was placed inside the inferior vena cava – a large vein that caries deoxygenated blood to the heart – in order to capture blood clots before they travel to the heart or lungs. Brand was a candidate for the filter because two years prior she had developed deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot in the deep veins in her legs. In June 2011, a foreign body ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Joins Thousands in IVC Filter Lawsuit

An Arkansas woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, joining thousands of others seeking justice for their pain, which they say is a result of the medical device. Kelly B. was the recipient of a Gunther Tulip made by Cook Medical LLC for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which a blood clot travels through the blood stream and reaches the lungs. The device was implanted on May 23, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock by Dr. Kenneth V. Robbins. Kelly says she was injured when the filter failed, resulting ... Read More

Lawsuit Accuses Cook Medical of False Advertising

In a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota man, Cook Medical, Inc. is accused of false advertising regarding its IVC filter. An IVC filter (or inferior vena cava filter) is a device closely resembling a spider with a retrieval hook at its apex. The legs are needle-thin and help keep the filter anchored in place inside the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The purpose of the device is to catch blood clots before they reach the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. As reported by The Daily Hornet, Richard B. from Wanamingo, Minnesota, says he was injured by the Gunther ... Read More

Pennsylvania Woman Files Lawsuit Over Cook Medical IVC Filter

Pennsylvania resident Caitlin G. was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on June 21, 2012, when she was found to be at risk for a blood clot. At Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, the Günther Tulip, made by Cook Medical, was implanted. However, Caitlin was left with injuries that led her to file a lawsuit against Cook on March 9, 2017, alleging the filter failed and resulted in her injuries. Her lawsuit has been added to 1,500 similar lawsuits pending in a multi-district litigation. The Günther Tulip is one of the oldest IVC filter models still on the market. Different from other ... Read More

Ohio Woman Files Lawsuit Over Celect IVC Filter Failure

An Ohio woman, Christina P, filed a lawsuit against Cook Medical over the Celect inferior vena cava (IVC) filter she received during a hospital stay in 2010. Christina was implanted with a Celect filter at UH Main Hospital in Cincinnati, and has now filed a suit against the maker of the IVC filter for its alleged failure and resulting injury, joining more than 2,500 others who have filed lawsuits alleging serious injuries related to IVC filters. An IVC filter is a device that resembles a spider with needle-thin metal legs. It is inserted into the largest vein in the body and is ... 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

Cook Medical’s initial attempts at settling IVC Filter litigation Fail

Hundreds of people who have filed legal claims alleging they have been injured by failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have been considering Cook Medical’s talks of settlements. However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim Baker and attorneys for both the medical device manufacturer and patients were unable to find common ground to reach a settlement. The meeting ended “without further order.” If the negotiations regarding the settlements fail, then the lawsuits filed by the patients claiming injury related to the IVC filters will go to trial. As of Aug. 15, the number of federal lawsuits in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) against Cook Medical ... Read More

Study: IVC Perforation is ‘rule rather than exception’ for the Günther Tulip, Celect IVC Filters when not retrieved timely

At the University of California, San Francisco a study was conducted to test the “incidence, magnitude, and impact” of the ability for a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to be retrieved, and the impact of timely retrieval. The Gunther Tulip and Celect model IVC filters, made by Cook Medical, were the chosen to be tested. Medical records were used to identify 272 filters placed between July 2007 and May 2009. When 50 of those patients received a follow-up CT scan unrelated to the IVC filter, all patients showed “some degree” of vena caval perforation, after the filter had been left in for 71 days. In 20 ... 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