As more and more IVC filter lawsuits are being seen in the media, doctors and patients are beginning to see more adverse effects of this product. The issues are seen once the filter has been implanted into a patient. The purpose of the device is to help catch blood clots; however, rather than doing this, the device migrates to other parts of the body, perforates organs and causes other issues for the patient.
Due to all these issues, the United States Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, has now created a number of warnings regarding the use of an IVC filter. The statement they released included more than 900 adverse events, some related to the device being left in the patient much longer than necessary or recommended.
Problems with Previous Recommendations for the IVC Filter
In the past, official recommendations related to the IVC filter encouraged doctors to remove this filter from their patient in a period of 29 to 54 days after it was implanted. This recommendation stated that prolonged implantation could lead to a number of adverse side effects, as well as health issues directly related to the filter. In fact, the device may fracture, which can result in blood clots moving through the vein and into the lungs or heart. This could result in a stroke, pulmonary embolism or, in some cases, even death. In a number of situations, the device, when left too long, was even determined to be irretrievable, which would cause a number of long-term issues for the patient.
Action from the FDA
Due to the influx of complaints and problems with the IVC filters, the FDA created the MedWatch portal. This is where people who experience an issue due to this product can report the adverse events. This portal provides a place to report the issue for both patients and medical professionals. There are five products currently on the market that has been targeted, which include:
- The Cook Celect Filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
- The Bard G2 Express Filter
- The Bard G2 Filter
- The Bard Recovery Filter
These filters were originally designed to offer an alternative for patients who show a risk for blood clots but who are unable to take a blood thinner or an anticoagulant medication. While it can be difficult to determine who is liable for the harm caused by an IVC filter, it typically falls on the manufacturer.
There are some studies that have been done to determine the rate that IVC filters fail or fracture. There are some studies that have estimated that every one in four filters fractures while other studies have reported that as much as 31 percent of IVC filters fail. If you experience this issue, it is a good idea to report the problem and then contact an attorney to help you file the necessary lawsuit. This will help you receive the compensation you deserve for the injury and pain and suffering you suffered.