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Women sues IVC filter maker alleging serious injuries

A Massachusetts woman is suing Argon Medical Devices and Rex Medical over claims the companies’ blood clot-catching device became embedded in her body, causing her serious injuries. Julie M. filed the lawsuit earlier this month claiming that she had been implanted with the companies’ Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter and suffered injuries. The cage-like device was inserted into her inferior vena cava (IVC), a large vein that delivers deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart and lungs. The device is designed as a short-term treatment to capture blood clots that form in the legs before they travel to the ... Read More

California lawsuit claims Rex Medical IVC filter is defective

A California woman has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical for a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter she claims is defective, the PennRecord reports. An IVC filter is a device inserted into the vena cava and is designed to capture blood clots before they reach the lungs, preventing pulmonary embolism. Debra Victor of Apple Valley, California, however, says her retrievable IVC filter has failed because it couldn’t be retrieved. Permanent filters have been around for many years, but now pharmaceutical device manufacturers have begun marketing a cheaper model less structurally sound, calling them “retrievable IVC filters.” These temporary filters have ... Read More

Alabama Man Sues Rex Medical alleging IVC Filter Thrombosis

On October 12, 2011, Raymond W. had an Option retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter inserted at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, prior to bariatric surgery, a procedure to assist in weight loss. The filter placement was a preventive measure in the event that a blood clot should occur. IVC filters are devices inserted into the inferior vena cava intended to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs by catching them in it’s cage-like tines. Temporary filters, such as the Option, are structurally weaker than permanent filters, and are designed to be removed when the risk of blood clots ... Read More

Retrievable IVC filter failure promps Lawsuit Against Rex Medical

An Oklahoma man has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical alleging injuries related to the manufacturer’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which was designed to be temporary but which doctors have been unable to remove. On Feb. 12, 2016, Ronald L. had an Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter surgically inserted by doctors at Community Hospital in Oklahoma City. He had been admitted for hip surgery, and the filter was placed just in case he might form a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the legs. The filter is designed catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. A DVT is ... Read More

After Three Failed Attempts, retrievable IVC Filter Could Not be Removed

When Jesse K. was in a car accident, Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, implanted an Option ELITE Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Dec. 7, 2015, even though he did not have a blood clot. An IVC filter is a device that resembles a spider, inserted into the largest vein in the body, the vena cava. It is designed to catch blood clots before they enter the heart or lungs causing pulmonary embolism. Some IVC filters are designed to stay in the body permanently and others are made to be temporary, or retrievable. Retrievable IVC filters are recommended by the U.S. Food and ... Read More

IVC Filter Perforates Vein, Misses Blood Clots that Lodge in Lung

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a cage-like device inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and is designed to catch blood clots before they enter the heart or lungs. They are mainly used in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners. Many times, however, IVC filters, particularly the temporary – or retrievable – designs, may pose more risk than reward. Shakira G. from New Jersey had the Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter implanted on Oct. 20, 2014, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. On April 25, 2015, a CT scan of her abdomen showed that the legs of Shakira’s ... Read More

New Mexico Woman Files Lawsuit alleging Failed IVC Filter

Christine G., a New Mexico resident, has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices over their Option Elite inferior vena cava (IVC) filter last December after the filter tilted and was unable to be retrieved. The Option Elite IVC filter is a retrievable model recommended by the FDA to be removed 29 to 54 days after insertion, due to the high risk of tilting, fracturing, perforating and migrating. Although Christine’s was placed temporarily to protect against blood clots in her lungs, the removal attempt wasn’t until a year after insertion. Christine received her filter in May 2015 at Lovelace Medical ... Read More

Study: IVC Filters often prove ineffective, increase patient injury risks

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices used to prevent pulmonary embolism, an often fatal condition where a blood clot detaches from a large vein in the leg and becomes lodged in the lungs. IVC filters are put into place in the largest vein in the body, the vena cava, to catch the blood clot and prevent it from reaching the lungs or heart. They are used when people are unable to safely use blood thinning medications. Many IVC filters are made to be permanent, but more modern designs are intended to be temporary. But, according to national data, the temporary, or retrievable IVC filters ... Read More

Three New IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed Against Rex Medical and Argon Medical

Three new lawsuits have been filed over failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by Rex Medical, and marketed and distributed by Argon Medical Devices. The complaints allege one IVC filter resulted in life-threatening injuries, one resulted in extensive medical treatment, and one resulted in death. IVC filters are devices inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and are designed to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs. Permanent filters have a sturdier design, while temporary or retrievable IVC filters have a weaker design, leading to a high number of failures. The temporary filters ... Read More

Bard Denali IVC Filter Arm Permanently Lodged In Patient’s Lung

According to an FDA Medsun report, a patient was being inserted with a Denali inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, made by C.R. Bard, when a fragment broke away. An IVC filter is a device that resembles a spider. It is inserted into the largest vein of the body, the vena cava, and is designed to prevent pulmonary embolism by catching blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. Around 1,500 lawsuits have been filed against IVC filter manufacturers alleging their tendency to tilt, migrate, perforate, or fracture. The IVC filter was being inserted using the provided sheath for placement. When ... Read More