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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.

Legal Help

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.

 

If you have an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter implanted, the FDA highly recommends that it be removed as soon as medically possible. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued this warning following nearly a thousand adverse event reports from patients with IVC filters.

IVC Filters Left in Patients Too Long

What many patients – and even doctors – don’t realize is just how dangerous the IVC filters can be when left implanted too long. The filters have been known to migrate within the body, causing potentially life-threatening damage. IVC filter manufacturers failed to warn users about the need to remove the device as soon as the threat of pulmonary embolism passes.

Life-Threatening Complications

Nearly 10 percent of the adverse event reports document the device puncturing a blood vessel or organ. More than a third of the reports show the IVC filter migrating inside the body.

The IVC filter has undoubtedly saved many lives, but without a proper understanding of how the device works, doctors and patients alike are left in the dark about the potential for risk.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits. Do You Have A Case?

Have you had complications with your IVC filter?
Were you told your IVC filter could not be removed?
Have you had an IVC filter for an extended period of time?
Was an IVC filter involved in your loved ones death?

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

 

A new study shows a link between unretrieved IVC filters and deep vein thrombosis. IVC filters are designed to prevent pulmonary embolism, but many times are not removed after they’ve done their job. This was thought to be harmless, as many of the pharmaceutical companies behind the medical device did not warn physicians of the associated risks.

FDA Says Remove Filters After Danger Has Passed.

IVC Filters Are Being Left in Patients For Far Too Long. 

The FDA recommends that IVC filters be taken out after the danger of pulmonary embolism has passed – usually about one to two months. Unfortunately, however, many patients walk around with these devices for far longer than recommended. When the device isn’t retrieved in a timely manner, the study shows, it can lead to IVC filter thrombosis. If the devices aren’t removed, patients with untreated IVC filter blood clots have a 90 percent chance of suffering post-thrombotic syndrome. This shocking figure likely comes as a surprise to doctors and patients alike.

It’s not easy to diagnose IVC filter thrombosis, which is why advocates urge physicians to remove the filter according to FDA recommendations, rather than wait around for complications to arise.

Numerous Reports of IVC Filter Complications

This is yet another risk associated with IVC filters. In 2010, the FDA reportedly received more than 900 adverse event reports about the device. Since that time, who knows how many more issues have been reported? From migration to tearing and components breaking lose, IVC filters come with risks no patient should be subjected to.

Do You Have A Case?

Have you had complications with your IVC filter?
Were you told your IVC filter could not be removed?
Have you had an IVC filter for an extended period of time?
Was an IVC filter involved in your loved ones death?

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications. 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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A new study from the University of Michigan has revealed that IVC filters, popularly used to prevent blood clots, do not actually provide any additional benefit over patients who did not use the device. This revelation will resonate with the families of the hundreds of patients who have died because of their filter breaking apart and fatally injuring them. On average, the study found, patients with IVC filters survive no longer than patients who do not have the device implanted. Moreover, patients with IVC filters were 83 percent more like to experience deep vein thrombosis than those without filters.

These findings add credibility to the theory that these IVC filters are neither a safe nor effective treatment for patients. Federal regulators have recently gone as far as recommending that doctors remove the filter as soon as the risk of blood clots has passed. The longer the filter remains implanted, the greater the chance for malfunctions.

Filters Known to Malfunction

The FDA first issued an alert about potential problems with IVC filters back in 2010. Nearly six years later, hundreds of patients have experienced malfunctions. Sometimes the filter breaks free, migrating throughout the body and often piercing internal organs. Other times, the filter simply becomes dislodged. Regardless of the cause, nothing good can come from malfunctions like these.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you or a loved one has an IVC filter implanted, talk with your doctor about these well-researched and established claims about the device. As evidence continues to stack up against the two leading filter manufacturers, Bard and Cook, the medical community will need to reevaluate the use of the device in the future.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits

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.

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