Lawsuits Claim Bard IVC Filters Caused Serious Injuries

The <"">Recovery IVC Filter and G2 IVC Filter System manufactured by C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. have been named in several lawsuits filed by people who claim the devices failed, causing them to sustain serious and life-threatening injuries. Lawsuits allege that the Recovery IVC Filter and G2 IVC Filter System are prone to fracturing, and often, the fractured components migrate to other organs in the body, including the heart and lungs.

IVC filters, also known as inferior vena cava filters, are medical devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava vein in order to filter blood clots that travel from the lower portions of the body to the heart and lungs. The Recovery IVC Filter was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003, but voluntarily removed from the market in 2005. It was replaced by the G2 IVC Filter system, which was modified to reduce filter fracture and migration. Both Bard IVC Filters are of the retrievable type, and on average were removed after being in the body for a couple weeks.

Several studies published in medical journals have found that the Recovery IVC Filter was more prone to fracturing than other devices. In 2005 the New England Society Surgery reported that the Recovery IVC Filter had 21%-31.7% incidence of fracture.

A study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in November 2008 also found a higher fracture rate for the Recovery IVC Filter. To conduct the study, all patients who received a Bard Recovery filter at a single institution were contacted for consultation and evaluation by noncontrast computed tomography. Fourteen of 16 patients with Bard Recovery filters were evaluated. Final images demonstrated filter arm perforations in all 14 patients, and there were a total of four fractures with migration in 21% of patients.

The failure of the Recovery IVC Filter or G2 IVC Filter System can lead to serious and life-threatening complications. These include:

• Death
• Constant severe pain in the heart, chest or elsewhere
• Pulmonary embolus
• Respiratory compromise
• Hemorrhage
• Perforation of tissue, vessels and organs
• Constant anxiety or worry over the fact that metal shards are in the organs

Lawsuits involving the Recovery IVC Filter or G2 IVC Filter System claim the devices were defective and prone to fracturing. They further allege Bard was aware of the defects. Such lawsuits seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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