Southern Med Law Is Investigating IVC Filter Injuries Lawsuits Over C.R. Bard’s Recovery And G2 Inferior Vena Cava Filters That Allegedly Fracture, Tilt, Migrate And Cause Other Serious Injuries.
The firm has learned through an NBC News report surrounding IVC filter injuries, that C.R. Bard knew that it was replacing its problem-ridden Recovery Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter with another device that had similar and possibly deadly flaws. Bard’s Recovery IVC filter and G2 IVC filter are named in IVC Filter lawsuits alleging the blood clot devices fracture, tilt, migrate or perforate the inferior vena cava and cause life-threatening injuries to patients. The IVC complaints also allege the filters fail and increase the risk of pulmonary embolism.
NBC News obtained Bard’s confidential records that revealed the company received failure reports about its G2 IVC within four months of the device being cleared for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company, however, did not recall the G2 series filter, but continued selling the devices for five years. By 2010, Bard had sold 160,000 G2 IVC filters, according to NBC News. Additionally, a confidential memo showed that soon after the G2 filter was cleared by the FDA, a Bard vice president expressed concerns that the device had problems with migration, tilting and perforation. NBC News further reported that based on Bard and FDA records, 12 deaths and a multitude of problems were associated with the G2 series IVC filters. Similarly, 27 deaths have been associated with the Recovery IVC filter, according to NBC News.
[nbcnews.com/health/health-news/why-did-firm-keep-selling-problem-blood-clot-filters-n488166, December 31, 2015]
“The claims in this NBC reports are similar to those made in lawsuits that allege Bard knew that its Recovery and G2 IVC filters failed but did not disclose this information to the public,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, the founder of Southern Med Law. The Firm is currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced life-threatening complications associated with Bard Recovery and G2 IVC filters.
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small, cage-like wire devices that are implanted into a major vessel called the inferior vena cava, which returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. The IVC filters are designed to trap blood clots to prevent a pulmonary embolism. According to the FDA, the use of IVC filters has rapidly increased over the pasts 30 years. The federal regulatory agency said it has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters since 2005. Of the total, 328 involved device migration, 146 involved detachment of device components, 70 involved perforation of the IVC, and 56 involved filter fracture. The FDA recommended that physicians remove IVC filters within 29-54 days or as soon as the threat of pulmonary embolism subsides since the longer the device is implanted, the greater the risk of failure.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm221676.htm, May 11, 2015]
Court documents indicate that all federally filed lawsuits against Bard over its Recovery and G2 IVC filters were consolidated in August 2015 in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona for coordinated pretrial proceedings. The complaints allege that Bard’s Recovery and G2 IVC filters are prone to break, tilt, migrate and perforate the vena cava and cause other life-threatening problems. The IVC lawsuit claims purport that Bard failed to conduct adequate clinical testing to ensure that the devices would perform safely and effectively for short-term and long-term use. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641)
About Southern Med Law And Filing a C.R. Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit: Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made the Southern Med Law team an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. If you or a loved one were injured by a Bard retrievable IVC filter, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call today for a free, no obligation Bard IVC filter lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
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François M. Blaudeau, MD JD FACHE FCLM Esquire
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