SILVER SPRING, Md. — IVC filters, or inferior vena cava filters, are metal devices that are implanted in patients who either have blood clots or who are likely to develop blood clots but who cannot take regular blood thinner medication. Because of their shape, IVC filters allow healthy blood to flow through regularly while stopping blood clots before they can get to the heart. Once the clots are stopped by the filter, they should eventually break up.
Although IVC filters are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, there have been several reports alleging that they have caused serious complications in patients who have received them. Some allegations include that the filter has broken, moved or even perforated the vena cava. Some patients’ families have even reported death as the result of the IVC filter. In response to the troubling reports, the FDA issued a warning in 2010 recommending that IVC filters should be taken out immediately after the patient is no longer at risk for blood clots. The FDA then followed up this warning in 2014 in order to recommend that IVC filters should be taken out between 29 and 54 days after they were initially installed.
Overall, IVC filters have been linked to over 300 injuries and 30 deaths so far, which has prompted a slew of lawsuits to be filed against CR Bard, who manufacturers the Recovery IVC Filter. The lawsuits allege that the plaintiffs’ injuries were the result of the IVC filter and that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the serious health risks associated with their product, but they still sold and promoted the filters despite this knowledge. After a preliminary investigation, NBC News has found that CR Bard did know about the potentially fatal risks of their IVC filters as early as 2004 after receiving the troubling results from a study they, themselves, had commissioned, but they still continued to sell and promote the use of the filters. If NBC’s research is true, and if it is allowed in court, it will be extremely helpful to all patients who have experienced a negative side effect as the result of having an IVC filter implanted.
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