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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

Concussions Create Long-Term Structural Changes In Brain, Study Finds

Concussions can alter the structure of the brain over the long-term, even after clinical symptoms associated with head trauma have disappeared, a new study conducted by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin has found. While the effects a concussion makes on the brain’s microstructure are known and documented, the Wisconsin study, presented earlier this month in the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Conference, focused on the duration of those effects. The study analyzed the brains of 35 high school and college athletes using advanced neuroimaging technologies. Seventeen of the study subjects were examined after suffering a concussion. The ... 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

Not All Retrievable IVC Filters are Able to be Retrieved

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a cage-like device that is inserted into the largest vein in the body, with intention to catch blood clots before they travel to the heart and/or lungs. Retrievable IVC filters are designed to be inserted only temporarily, and then removed between 29 and 54 days after insertion. According to RadiologyInfo.org, a website operated by the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (RSNA), however, even filters designed and intended to be retrievable are not always able to be retrieved. Many retrievable IVC filters models such as C.R. Bard’s Recovery, G2 and G2 Express, as well as Cook Medical’s Gunther ... 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

Study indicates IVC Filters May Increase Blood Clot risk

Researchers at the UC Davis Health System have found that inferior vena cava filters  (IVC filters) may increase the risk of new blood clots. The findings were published in Circulation, an online journal sponsored by the American Heart Association. The study was conducted mainly to distinguish what kinds of patients should receive an IVC filter and which should not. The IVC filter is a cage-like device that is inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. It is used most often in patients that cannot tolerate blood thinning medication. The fingers of the cage are intended to catch blood clots, preventing pulmonary embolism. ... 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

Whistleblower receives nearly $70 million for exposing JPMorgan mortgage fraud

N.Y., N.Y. — A whistleblower who was instrumental in recovering $614 million for federal mortgage loan programs from JP Morgan Chase & Co. will receive $63.9 million as his share, according to a Reuters report. Louisiana resident Keith Edwards sued JP Morgan on behalf of the U.S. government in January 2013 under the qui tam or “whistleblower” provisions of the U.S. False Claims Act. Mr. Edwards worked for the banking giant from 2003 to 2008 as an assistant vice president. His responsibilities involved supervising a government insuring unit of the company. Mr. Edwards alleged that JP Morgan defrauded the government ... Read More