Bard Inferior Vena Cava Filters

Clark Perdue & List is investigating claims for injury and death involving retrievable inferior vena cava (“IVC”) filters manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc. and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

IVC filters are medical devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava. These filters are designed to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms from forming, thereby preventing strokes and other potentially life-threatening conditions. Over 100,000 IVC filters have been implanted since the 1960’s. Although the filters were not designed for permanent placement, Bard has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration or approval as a permanent implant.

However, numerous studies indicate that pieces of the filter can break off and migrate in the body or perforate the inferior vena cava. From 2005 through 2010, the Food and Drug Administration received 921 reports of IVC filter failures. A study by the New England Society for Vascular Surgery found that 31% of the IVC filters studied fractured, with the majority of the broken shards migrating to the right ventricle of the heart. A second study by Dr. Nicholson of York Hospital, revealed fractures in 25% of the IVC filters. As early as 2003, research by Bard revealed the danger from splintering, however, the company continued to market its products. Failure of IVC filters can result in many extremely serious injuries including, cardiac/pericardial tamponade, cardiac arrhythmia, hemorrhaging, perforations of blood vessels and organs, pain and death. Research presented at the annual Society of Interventional Radiology revealed that in-hospital death rates were significantly higher for patients who received the IVC filters when compared to those who did not receive the filters. The FDA has launched an investigation to weigh the risks and benefits of the filters. Until the results of the investigation are known, the FDA has recommended that IVC filters be removed as soon as the risk of blood clots abates.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a unsafe medical device, contact us for a free consultation.

Clark, Perdue & List has extensive experience handling claims involving defective medical devices. If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of a Bard IVC filter, and you would like more information, please contact the Columbus Ohio Bard Inferior Vena Cava Filter attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List.

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