IVC Filter News & Info

As the industry shines a spotlight on the problems related to IVC filters, more evidence is coming to light that these medical devices are not as safe as they should be. The filters designed by Cook Group Inc. are the latest target of scrutiny. Their IVC filter, the Cook Celect, has been known to migrate, break apart and pierce patients internally. Though the device does its job – catching blood clots that break away from the arterial wall – they also present huge health risks to those who have them implanted. A 2012 study found that 40 percent of participants experienced their filter moving away from its original position, where it had been placed to capture blood clots from the leg.

The reality is that these filters are not intended to be long term solutions to blood clotting issues. In fact, experts recommend that the filter is removed between 29 and 54 days after insertion, or as soon as the danger of pulmonary embolism has passed. Far too many patients keep their IVC filters in for much longer. And who could blame them? A 2013 study found that less than 10 percent of filters are removed successfully, with eight percent of patients experiencing pulmonary embolism in spite of the device.

Health advocates have sought recalls and bans of IVC filters, but there has been no movement in the industry so far. Meanwhile, dozens of people have filed lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers, hoping to hold them responsible for the pain and suffering their device has caused.

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The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

The investigation into the malfunction of the medical device known as a Recovery Filter continues with new, scary statistics. A study revealed that nearly one in four of the IVC filters manufatured by C.R. Bard fractured or otherwise malfunctioned. The most shocking part about this revelation? The fact that Bard knew of these figures as early as 2004. Instead of recalling the product or reporting the problems to the Food and Drug Administration, Bard hired a public relations team to develop a plan for future investigations of the filter. They also continued to sell the device.

Since then, 27 people have died and hundreds of others have experienced severe complications related to their filter. It is estimated that 200,000 people still have the medical device inside them. Bard has since released a safer version of the IVC filter known as the G2.

IVC filters are designed to help prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs. It’s a critically important device in some situations that undoubtedly saves lives. But should the filter fail – as the Recovery has been known to do – the device’s sharp ridges can pierce internal organs. Regulatory specialists claim to have expressed concern about the safety of the product during its development, but no such worries were shared with the FDA. It was only when a regulator reported that her signature had been forged on IVC filter documentation that the FDA had any idea about the hazardous problems with the product.

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The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

A new report from NBC News has revealed a shocking development in the IVC filter case. The application submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for safety approval may have had a forged signature on it. A former Bard regulatory specialist said she expressed concern over the product and refused to sign the application until her concerns had been properly addressed. Bard officials told her if she continued to press the issue, she would not be asked to join the team. The regulatory specialist resigned over the issue – human trials had shown red flags about the risks associated with the Recovery IVC filter.

In spite of her resignation, her signature appeared on paperwork filed with the FDA. The regulatory specialist has since spoken out against Bard, saying she did not sign the application and that the signature doesn’t match her own.

After getting clearance from the FDA, Bard sold thousands of IVC filters in spite of their knowledge of the dangers associated with the device. Since then, 27 people have died from complications with their IVC filter and hundreds more have suffered non-fatal issues.

Our nation’s health and safety depends on the honesty and integrity of the regulators in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. A company willing to risk their patient’s health for monetary gain isn’t just morally despicable, it’s illegal.

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The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that led to serious injury, or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

Bard IVC Filters Linked to Deaths and Injuries

Experts estimate there have been 27 fatalities linked to the malfunction of IVC filters manufactured by Bard. An additional 300 problems have been reported about the device.

In spite of warnings from doctors and increasing reports of deaths and injuries, Bard refused to recall their dangerous IVC filters from the market. Fearing bad press and stock market losses, the device manufacturers kept quiet about the controversy and continued to sell the IVC filters. Bard sold about 34,000 over the next three years before finally modifying the design.

Not all IVC filters on the market are as risky as the ones manufactured by Bard. There are a quarter million filters implanted in patients each year, but the way the Bard implant is designed puts people at higher risk than if doctors had used a different brand.

Known to Cause Serious Damage to Internal Organs

While the modified version of the filters do indeed seem to be safer, there are undoubtedly hundreds of people walking around with this ticking time bomb in their chests. The filters have been know to pierce hearts and perforate pancreases. There’s no telling exactly when a piece of the device might break off and become lodged in a major organ. Instead, patients already suffering in fear of blood clots must also live with the reality that the filter protecting them might also be doing fatal damage.

Failure to Warn of Risks

Bard owes it to consumers to be honest about the product’s risks. People with the device will likely want it removed in favor of a safer version, but such surgeries can be both expensive and incredibly dangerous. Had Bard recalled the product when they first learned of the potential for injuries and fatalities, hundreds of people would not have had the filters implanted. That knowledge – and refusal to share said knowledge – incriminates the medical device manufacturer.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits – Get Help Now.

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

The FDA is warning consumers about a potentially deadly medical device designed to stop blood clots. The IVC filter is designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs. Implants have been known fracture or migrate causing serious harm to internal organs. Patients have described the pain like being stabbed in the stomach with a knife. There is a more than 50 percent fail rate associated with IVC filters, statistics from creator of the device, Bard Medical indicate.

Potentially Deadly Complications

Now, patients are firing back against Bard Medical, arguing for changes to make the IVC filter safer. When a filter fails, patients risk death if they don’t have the device surgically removed. This creates additional health hazards and years of resulting pain and scarring. Many people are currently filing lawsuits against Bard Medical after being seriously injured by the device.

FDA Recommendations

The FDA is now recommending that IVC filters are only used temporarily, and only if other blood clot medications and remedies are not successful first. While such clots are incredibly scary and painful for patients, IVC filters could be more trouble than they’re worth. Patients and their doctors should explore all other options before electing to implant the device.

High Failure Rate

Experts estimate there are likely 100,000 people with the IVC filters implanted in their bodies, and with such a high fail rate, there will inevitably be more malfunctions in those patients. With the FDA’s newest warning, we can only hope the awareness of the issues is raised.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits – Get Help Now

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

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