New Research Evidence Shows IVC Filter Side Effect Risks Limit Device Benefits

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Three research reports published in recent months claim that IVC filter side effects are widespread enough to overwhelm the device benefits. While one study warns of increased risk of IVC filter tilting, migration, and removal complications, the other cites the greater danger of thrombosis apart from migration and puncturing of internal organ unless these filters are retrieved after a few months. The third one highlights how doctors aware of side effects prefer not to prescribe the device. Over 400 IVC filter lawsuits have been filed by those who suffered from Bard G2 IVC side effects.

Spider-shaped Inferior Vena Cava or IVC filters are used to prevent blood clots from reaching to the lungs and block pulmonary arteries. However, complications associated with the filter, particularly Bard G2 IVC injury incidents, are reported to the FDA linking the device to thousands of fatal and non-fatal adverse events.

Doctors Fear IVC Filter Side Effects

According to research report in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, doctors aware of IVC filter side effects are now less likely to suggest the device implant. Published in May 2016, the study attributed to Kaiser Permanente demonstrates the fact that even doctors do not consider the device safe.

Researchers began an educational intervention covering about 3.5 million in one of the largest health care regions of the United States. The study took into account all types of literature review on IVC filter side effects, reported complications, and patient experience. It was discovered that education about adverse events led to 22% decrease in IVC filter use across the region despite an increase in the device sales nationwide. The rate of retrieval too went up by 16% (from 38% to 54%).

Study Links Unretrieved IVC Filter Side Effects to Blood Clot

IVC filters are implanted to catch and prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs and block pulmonary artery. However, a recent study reported by the JACC Cardiovascular Interventions journal suggests that the device, unless retrieved, may increase the risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolism. Based on the data provided by University of Rochester Medical Center of New York, it blames the device for 4% of all deep vein thrombosis incidents.

It was found that IVC filters not retrieved are associated with 90% risk of post-thrombotic disorder, 45% risk of inadequate venous drainage, and 30% risk of pulmonary embolism. The FDA issued a communication in May 2014 asking doctors to consider removing retrievable filters after a month or two to prevent pulmonary embolism in users. This clearly demonstrates the risk of pulmonary artery blockage when the device remains inside. IVC filter manufacturers have never informed consumers or doctors about the risk.

C.R. Bard, a defendant in more than 400 Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuits, allegedly replaced its Recovery filter, which was linked to 27 deaths and hundreds of adverse events, by G2 series filters, a modified version with similar side effects.

IVC Filter Retrieval Complications

A paper presented at the 2016 Society of Interventional Radiology cites research evidence to drive home that no IVC filter, including Bard G2 series filters, offer protection against migration. It highlighted an increase risk of IVC filter titling during the retrieval. Such incidents increase the risk of migration, blood clot release, and longer removal surgery. Complications with retrieval too have been cited among Bard G2 IVC side effects by IVC filter attorneys.

IVC Filter Lawsuit

The first IVC filter lawsuit dates back to 2010, when the FDA first published the data related to side effects linked to the device, such as filter migration, internal organ perforation, filter fracturing or breaking into parts, and damage to the inferior vena cava. A large number of Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuits claiming life-threatening complications, migration, and device fractures have been filed. Plaintiffs implanted with both Bard G2 and Recovery IVC filters had perforation of heart, lungs, and vena cava, fluid collection around the heart, chest pain, and other adverse effects.

Our IVC filter injury attorney is reviewing potential Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuits. Contact us or call on 1-800 632-1404 to evaluate any prospective product liability or personal injury claim for yourself, a friend, or family member.

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