IVC Filter Lawsuit
IVC Filter Bellwether Update
Trials of IVC Filter bellwether cases are being prepared in the Bard IVC Filter MDL 15-02641 litigation in Phoenix, Arizona before Judge David Campbell: IN RE: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation | Cases have been consolidated for the Cook IVC Filter MDL 2570 before Judge Richard Young in the Southern District of Indiana. A monthly status conference agenda has been established with the court. Currently, there are 1549 cases pending in the Cook IVC MDL: MDL Case Information | Southern District of Indiana |
Watch the news stories here: NBC News IVC Story.
The FDA issued an updated safety communication on May 6, 2014 warning of life-threatening complications with temporary retrievable filters that have not been removed as directed. IVC filters implanted after 2002 in the inferior vena cava have complications including:
- Breaking of the spider-like struts of the filter,
- Tilting of the device,
- Migration of the filter,
- Perforation of the struts into the Heart, Lungs or Vena Cava
Serious symptoms and conditions that need immediate medical treatment include:
- Internal bleeding
- Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
- Tachycardia or irregular heart rhythm
- DVT – deep venous thrombosis – clot in the legs or pelvis
- Hematoma or nerve damage at the puncture site
- Clot in the lungs exhibited by chest pain or difficulty breathing
NBC Nightly News Uncovers IVC Filter Fractures
uncovered further failures with other Bard Blood Clot Filters, the Bard G2 and G2 Express, linked to 12 deaths. This is the third in a series of investigations on 39 deaths associated with patients implated with Bard filter devices.
NBC News investigative reports that at least 27 deaths have been associated with Bard Recovery filter — a spider-shaped apparatus that is inserted into the largest vein in the body to prevent blood clots. Government data shows approximately 300 other non-fatal problems have also been reported with the Recovery, which is one of thousands of medical products sold by C.R. Bard.
IVC Blood Clot Filters Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
Howard Nations and David Matthews have been appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in both the Cook IVC Filters MDL and Bard IVC Filters MDL.
Cook IVC Filters Perforation Study
A study published in 2012 in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, found that a staggering 100 percent of the Cook IVC filters perforated the study participant’s venal wall within 71 days of implantation. The inferior vena cava filter in 40 percent of study participants was found to have tilted away from its original optimum position for capturing wayward blood clots from the leg. Another study in Annuals of Vascular Surgery in April 2013 urges removing the IVC filters as soon as no longer needed to prevent fatal complications.
Patients also have developed post thrombotic syndrome after IVC filter implantation.
Blood Clot Filters investigated include:
- Recovery (on the market beginning April 2003)
- G2 (on the market beginning October 2005)
- G2 X
- Gunther Tulip
Retrieval of the filter may or may not be possible, depending on the make and model of the filter, the associated complications, symptoms exhibited and location where the device may have traveled in the body. These may be serious life threatening complications, so do not delay. There are strict time limits to retrieve your medical records identifying your manufacturer and file a claim.
Since the introduction of the retrievable temporary IVC filter, the FDA has received over 1000 adverse reports concerning fragmentation and embolization within the body. The FDA issued a safety warning on August 9, 2010 entitled “Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Initial Communication”, which warned against leaving IVC filters in for extended periods of time, because they have a tendency to cause life threatening problems. In a 2012 study, a 12% rate of filter fracture was reported to be associated with the IVC filters was found.
The researchers also found that the rate of filter fracture increased with the amount of time the implant was in the patient’s body. Unfortunately, just more than 50% of fractured IVC filters could be successfully removed. Although the body of the filter can often be removed successfully, the spider-like legs (or “struts”) often fracture and move to a position where retrieval is impossible. Product Identification is key as there are many permanent filters implanted that are not included in the subject of this litigation.
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