NEW YORK — A woman who was implanted with an Eclipse Vena Cava Filter on Sept. 2011 at a hospital in New York has filed a lawsuit against its manufacturer Bard, according to the Daily Hornet.
Eclipse is an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. It was approved in June 2010, soon after Bard pulled the 3rd-generation G2 and G2 Express filters off the market without a recall.
In November 2010, a study linked the G2 with “high prevalences of fracture and embolization, with potentially life-threatening sequelae.” In 2014, another study found a 40% 5-year fracture risk with G2 filters.
Eclipse is nearly identical to the G2. The only big design change was a more highly-polished surface. Like its predecessors, Eclipse fracture complications were soon reported to the FDA, and Eclipse was replaced by a 5th-generation filter called the Meridian in August 2011.
Meridian was nearly identical to Eclipse, with no major design changes besides a few barbs on the legs to decrease migration. It was associated with 38 reports of spontaneous fractures in 2013 alone.
Bard now sells one IVC filter — the Denali, which was approved in June 2013. Bard addressed fracture concerns with older models by re-designing the Denali with new materials and a new manufacturing process using single-piece laser-cutting technology.
Lawyers say Bard knew, or should have known, the Eclipse IVC filter was potentially defective because it had similar problems as older devices with nearly-identical designs. The company is accused of negligence for failing to test Eclipse for health hazards.
The lawsuit was filed February 8 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
It will be centralized with more than 1,360 other IVC filter lawsuits now pending against C.R. Bard in Multi-District Litigation.
Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Complications
Recent reports have identified serious complications associated with Bard Eclipse IVC filters. These include:
- Filter fracture
- Filter migration
- Filter breaking
- Filter tilting
- Vena cava perforation
Since IVC filters were introduced to the market, the FDA has issued two safety communications regarding the discovery of severe complications that consumers and medical professionals need to be aware of. The last FDA statement came in 2014 as they revised previous statements, insisting that IVC filters must be removed from patients between the 29th and 54th day after installation.
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