IVC Filter Implants On The Decline After FDA Warning On IVC Complications


IVC Filter Implant Lawsuits Allege The Blood Clot Filters Fracture Tilt, Migrate And Cause Serious Injuries.

ivc-filter-lawsuit-attorney-class-action-lawsuits-4The use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to stop blood clots from reaching the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism is on the decline in the United States, according to a research letter published November 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine online. A recent study attributed the decline to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) warning in 2010 about adverse effects related to IVC filters. Meanwhile, patients who had IVC filter implants and experienced alleged injuries are filing IVC filter lawsuits.

IVC filter manufacturers ,Cook Medical Inc., and C.R. Bard, Inc. are facing thousands of lawsuits that claim the devices fracture, tilt, migrate and puncture the heart, lungs, and vena cava. Plaintiffs contend that Cook Medical’s Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filters, and C.R. Bard’s Recovery and G2 IVC filters are defective and prematurely fail.

Federal complaints against Bard are pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the District of Arizona while an MDL was established in the District of Southern Indiana for lawsuits against Cook Medical. (In Re: Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits – MDL No. 2641) (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuits MDL No. 2570)

“The FDA warned that retrievable IVC filters should be removed as soon as they are no longer needed or else patients may experience serious complications,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.

The firm’s attorneys are currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of patients who experienced IVC filter side effects, including perforation of the heart, lung, and vena cava and death. If you believe you have been injured by IVC filters, contact Southern Med Law for a free legal evaluation by calling (205) 547-5525 or visit southernmedlaw.com for more information on this and other defective medical devices and to fill out a contact form.

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, reviewed IVC filter placements in adults at least 18 years old between 2005 and 2014. Placement of IVC filters rose from 322.1 per 100,000 hospitalizations in 2005 to 412 per 100,000 hospitalizations in 2010, the research letter said. Beginning in 2011, the placement rate dropped to 374.1 per 100,000 hospitalizations and declined further to 321.8 per 100,000 hospitalizations in 2014.

In July, another research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine found IVC filter placement dropped by 29 percent between 2010, when the FDA issued the IVC warning, and 2014.

Retrievable IVC filters are small, cage-like devices implanted in the vena cava, a major vein that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. IVC filters trap blood clots that travel from the lower part of the body to the heart and lungs to prevent them from causing a pulmonary embolism.

In 2010, the FDA issued a safety alert after receiving 921 adverse event reports of IVC filters migrating, fracturing, components detaching, and perforation of the inferior vena cava. The FDA recommends removing the devices as soon as the risk of a pulmonary embolism subsides.

About Southern Med Law And Filing An IVC Filter Lawsuit

Southern Med Law is led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist that is determined to stop the large manufacturers of personal health products and medical devices from injuring more women. The legal staff at Southern Med Law is an experienced group of attorneys who possess a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.

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