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A team of French scientists followed 400 people who were at high risk for pulmonary embolism for nearly a decade. About half the patients were on some kind of blood thinner medication, while the others received anticoagulants and an IVC filter. The results?

After two years, there was no discernible difference in mortality rate between the two methods of treatment.  Shockingly, though, researchers discovered that those with the IVC filter experienced Deep Vein Thrombosis at a 10% higher rate than those without the medical device.

After eight years, the results were even clearer: 35.7% of patients with IVC filters had experienced Deep Vein Thrombosis, compared to just 27.5% of those without the device. The IVC filter actually increased health risks – the exact opposite of what the device was created to do.

The researchers’ conclusion? Their “findings do not support the use of this type of filter in patients who can be treated with anticoagulation.”

In spite of this study, and many others, IVC filters remain on the market and are being implanted in patients to this day.

For the hundreds of people who have submitted adverse event reports to the FDA, the results of this study will likely not come as a surprise.

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If you have had an IVC filter implant and experienced injuries due to the fragmentation and migration of this device, contact our lawyers for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

7049138_mA South Dakota woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the IVC filter she’d had implanted to prevent embolism. This decision comes after discovering the filter had become lodged in an internal organ – and considered to be irretrievable.

The IVC filter has been known to cause problems with long term use, so the FDA has recommended that doctors remove the device after their patient is no longer facing threats of pulmonary embolism – usually between 29 and 54 days after the initial implant. For this plaintiff, the IVC filter was never removed. Eventually, the filter dislodged from the spot where it was supposed to stay, migrating around the body before becoming stuck in an internal organ.

Shockingly, there are hundreds of adverse event reports submitted to the FDA. In spite of their concern – not to mention their pain and suffering – IVC filters remain on the market. One small battle has been won, recently, however. The FDA required pharmaceutical companies to include black box warnings that alert both doctors and patients to the potential for danger.

Legal Help

IVC filter lawsuits are being filed across the country.  If you have have an IVC filter and experienced injuries due to the fragmentation and migration of this device, contact our lawyers for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.