C.R. Bard IVC Filter
C.R. BARD IVC FILTERS LINKED TO HEMORRHAGING, ORGAN DAMAGE, AND DEATH
Inferior vena cava filters, or IVC filters, are implanted into the largest blood vessel in the body to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart or lungs. People who were at risk of a pulmonary embolism were implanted with the small wire device in lieu of taking blood thinning drugs (or anticoagulants). The C.R. Bard Recovery IVC filter was approved in November 2002. Many other forms of IVC filters had been in use since the 1970s.
Soon after, reports of deaths and severe injuries associated with the IVC filter began to surface.
By 2005, the IVC filters were removed from the market due to various safety concerns. Since their removal, the FDA has received nearly 1,000 adverse event reports involving IVC filters, including reports of hemorrhaging, organ damage, and death.
HISTORY OF DEFECTIVE BARD IVC FILTERS
In 2003, C.R. Bard introduced the Recovery IVC filter to the market. After numerous reports of device breakage, C.R. Bard redesigned the device to make it more resistant to fractures. The new and improved Bard G2 IVC filter was released in 2005. Unfortunately, this device has also been linked to numerous reports of filter fracture and migration.
According to a 2010 FDA Safety Communication, by the time the device was removed from the market in 2005, the agency had received 921 adverse reports involving C.R. Bard IVC filters, including:
- 328 reports of device migration
- 146 reports involving embolization or detachment of the device components
- 70 reports of IVC perforation
- 56 reports of IVC filter fracture
COMMON INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH BARD IVC FILTER
There are many different injuries that can be caused by an IVC filter, several of which can prove to be fatal. Unfortunately, many fatal conditions can happen suddenly when an IVC filter breaks or perforates the artery. The following injuries have been reported in people implanted with IVC filters:
- Severe and persistent chest pain
- Filter fracture, migration or erosion
- Injury to the heart, lung or vena cava
- Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
HARMED BY AN IVC FILTER? CONTACT THOMAS J. HENRY
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a faulty and dangerous IVC filter, contact our experienced defective medical device lawyers immediately. Thomas J. Henry has represented injured victims of dangerous devices, like C.R. Bard’s IVC filter, for more than 25 years. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free legal consultation. Call Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys today.