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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

Alabama man files lawsuit alleging injuries linked to retrievable IVC filter

When Billy J. S., an Alabama resident, was found to be at serious risk for a blood clot in January 2007, he was implanted with a Recovery inferior vena cava (IVC) filter at a local hospital in the state. The filter is a small, cage-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. Billy didn’t know that the Recovery filter had been pulled from the market two years earlier due to reported injuries and deaths linked to the device. No recall or safety warnings were issued. Doctors and patients remained unaware ... 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

Lawsuit alleges New-and-Improved IVC Filter Injured Texas Woman

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a device closely resembling a spider that is inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. Its purpose is to catch blood clots and prevent them from reaching the heart or lungs. Patients who can’t tolerate anticoagulation medication are often implanted with IVC filters as a means to prevent pulmonary embolism. The retrievable IVC filter models are intended to be temporary, and according to the FDA should be retrieved between 29 and 54 days after insertion. C.R. Bard, a medical device manufacturing giant, has been under fire recently for problems reported in ... Read More

Non-Removal of IVC Filter Could Lead to IVC Thrombosis

According to a recent report in MedPage Today, clinicians advise that placing inferior vena cava (IVC)  filters without scheduling plans for removal is likely responsible for the increasing number of IVC thrombosis cases. The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the body, and an IVC filter is a cage-like device implanted in that vein. Its purpose is to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs, particularly in patients that cannot take anticoagulation medication. Retrievable IVC models are meant to be temporary, and the FDA recommends retrieval between 29 and 54 days after insertion. However, the retrievable IVC filters have a tendency to fracture, ... 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

FDA demands proof that alcoholic energy drinks are safe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks, giving them 30 days to provide scientific evidence that their caffeinated crossover beverages are safe. FDA letters went out to nearly 30 manufacturers recently, representing the earliest stages in the government’s efforts to curb what researchers consider a dangerous trend: the mixing of alcohol and caffeine. Twenty-five percent of college drinkers prefer to party with alcoholic energy drinks because the caffeine enables them to keep going and drink more. After Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors introduced the first caffeine-alcohol hybrids to the market two years ago, the ... Read More