Bard IVC Filters
What are Bard IVC Filters?
IVC filters are supposed to protect patients from dangerous blood clots,
but these devices are potentially deadly in themselves. An IVC filter
is a wire device that looks something like a spider, set snugly against
the walls of the inferior vena cava. When implanted, they were designed
to prevent blood clots from forming, preventing stroke and other life-threatening
events. Unfortunately, studies show that shards can break from the filter
and may be just as deadly.
Retrievable IVC Filters, including C.R. Bard's (unit of Johnson &
Johnson) Recovery IVC Filter have reportedly been fracturing and migrating
inside patients, leading to serious injuries. It is alleged that as early
as 2003, Bard's own research showed that the IVC filters posed an
unreasonable danger to patients from splintering. The company did not
tell the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") about their findings,
or warn patients or doctors, and continued to sell and market the deadly
Recovery IVC filter until it could create a suitable replacement for the market.
Any one of the metal extremities on the device can fracture and be carried
away by the blood stream, finding its way to the heart or lungs. The likelihood
of splintering increases the longer the device remains in the body.
Warning signs that a Recovery IVC Filter has failed include chest pain
and shortness of breath. A CT scan or other test will be used to determine
if the IVC filter system has failed. If not caught quickly, this can lead
to serious and life-threatening complications including:
- Constant severe pain in the heart, chest or elsewhere
- Respiratory distress
- Perforation of tissue, vessels, and organs
- Pulmonary embolus
- Emotional distress at the thought of metal shards splintering into organs
Recently, a Motion to centralize the existing Bard IVC filter law suits
was granted by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL").
This will consolidate lawsuits pending in numerous courts around the nation.
The time to act is NOW if you or someone you love suffered serious injury
or died due to complications from an IVC filter!
Contact our office at 1-888-277-0500 for more information.