FDA Issues Warning on IVC Filters
An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter is used by many people who suffer from the threat of pulmonary embolisms and are contraindicated for anticoagulation therapy. IVC filters (a bird’s nest like device that is inserted into a person’s arteries to prevent clotting) have gained widespread popularity since their introduction in 2003.
However, this device which was marketed to reduce or eliminate the risk of pulmonary embolism (a serious clotting condition that often results in death), is now thought to cause harm to many of its users.
Comprehensive research of IVC filers produced by Bard, Crux , Cook Medical , and Boston Scientific over the last seven years, coupled with reports made by physicians and consumers, has prompted the FDA to urge physicians recommending an IVC filter to think twice.
The dangers and side effects caused by IVC Filters, especially those manufactured by Bard, will likely result in lawsuits. These lawsuits will stem from the IVC device:
- Migrating from its initial implantation location
- Embolizing, or breaking and entering the blood stream of the patient
- Perforating the patient’s veins
- Fracturing and traveling throughout the bloodstream
These defects are often not manifested by any symptoms in patients which makes identification of the problem very difficult.
If you have an IVC Filter, whether manufactured by Bard, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical or Crux, please contact the medical device attorneys at Meyers & Flowers.