Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are designed to stop and catch blood clots traveling in the inferior vena cava to prevent a pulmonary embolism. They are used in patients who have a high risk of developing a pulmonary embolism and who have not responded well to anticoagulant therapy (i.e., blood thinners).
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small metal wire devices that look something like a spider and are placed against the walls of the inferior vena cava. Any one of the metal extremities on the device can fracture and be carried away by the blood stream, finding its way to the heart or lungs.
It is alleged that as early as 2003 Bard’s own research showed that the Recovery IVC filters posed an unreasonable danger to patients due to the fracturing of the product. Bard failed to inform the FDA of their findings or warn patients and physicians of this danger. Bard later redesigned the product but continued to sell and market the Recovery IVC filter until it created a replacement. The updated model, the G2, was released in 2005. Although it was supposed to be more resistant to breakage and fractures, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received hundreds of complaints that the filter fractures and that the broken parts migrate.
Reported problems from the use of IVC filters include:
- Perforation of heart and lung tissue
- Hemorrhaging and internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Heart attacks
- Ventricle Tachycardia (a racing and irregular heartbeat)
- Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade (pressure on the heart from the buildup of fluids or gas)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
Although breakage and migration are a risk with any IVC filter, studies beginning in 2010 showed that the risk was higher in the Bard filters. New studies have questioned whether IVC filters produce any benefit at all.
The brands of IVC filters which have been the subject of complaints include:
- Bard Filters
- G2 X
- G2 Express
- Gunther Tulip
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