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- Were you implanted with an IVC Filter?
- Did you then develop complications or serious injury?
IVC Filter Lawsuit Cases Moving Forward
IVC Filters are spider-shaped devices inserted into the largest vein of the body to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. IVC filters are frequently placed in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (PE) when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective.
Although the original indication was to use IVC filters after anticoagulant therapy fails, increasingly IVC Filters are being used before exhausting anticoagulant therapy, in a prophylactic manner. Critics believe the use of IVC Filters in this manner puts patients at an unnecessary increased risk of complications from IVC Filters.
Eleven companies sell IVC Filters in the US. An increase in the use of retrievable filters has coordinated with an increase in revenue for the manufacturers of IVC filters, as retrievable filters are more expensive. Retrievable filters represent approximately 75% of the IVC filter market.
Below are several of the IVC filters that can be found implanted in US patients:
- ALN Filters
- Bard IVC Filters include – Bard Denali, Bard Eclipse, Bard G2, Bard G2X, Bard Meridian, Bard Recovery, Bard Simon Nitinol
- Braun Vena Tech
- Boston Scientific Greenfield
- Cook IVC Filters include, Cook Bird’s Nest, Cook Celect, Cook Gunther Tulip, Cordis Optease, Cordis Trapease
- Rafael SafeFlo
- Rex Medical Option
- Volcano Crux
Vena Cava Filter Side Effects include:
- Filter Fracture
- Penetration and Perforation
- Migration and Embolization
- Difficulty Moving the device
- IVC Thrombosis and Stenosis
- VTE After IVC Filter Implantation
- Post-Thromobotic Syndorme
IVC Filter Lawsuits are being filed on behalf individuals experiencing life-altering complications from IVC Filters.
These lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturers of these devices, including the industry leaders, Cordis Corporation, Cook Medical and C.R. Bard.
IVC Filter use saw a 20-fold increase of use between 1979 and 1999, according to the National Hospital Discharge Survey. Today, the IVC Filter market is worth $190 million and is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 11% per year.
In August 2010, The FDA issued a Safety Alert concerning the use of IVC Filters. The FDA recommends that implanting physicians and clinicians responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from PE is no longer needed.
IVC FILTER COMPLICATIONS INCREASE AS THE USE OF FILTERS INCREASE
According to the FDA, the scope of the IVC Filter complication problem has increased rapidly because of the increase use of IVC filters. In 1979, 2,000 IVC Filters were used and by 2012, that number had increased to nearly 260,000
In addition to the increased use of IVC Filters, retrievable filters are remaining in the body for longer periods of time, beyond the time when the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed.
In 2010, the FDA encouraged all physicians involved in the treatment and follow up of IVC filter recipients to consider the risks and benefits of filter removal for each patient and to recommend removal as soon as it is feasible.
In May 2014, the FDA updated their initial safety communication to include new research and studies as they became aware of them. The FDA noted that they had become aware of reports from individuals experiencing the following IVC filter side effects:
- Device migration
- Filter fracture
- Embolization (movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs)
- Perforation of the IVC
- Difficulty removing the device
According to the FDA, these complications have led to further adverse events including lower limb deep vein thrombosis and IVC occlusion. The FDA renewed their concern that retrievable IVC filters are not being removed when the risk outweighs the benefit.
IVC Filter Complications
Separation of any component of the filter due to structural failure. Accounts for up to 22% of complications reported in the MAUDE database.
Penetration and Perforation
Visualization of one of more filter struts beyond the cava wall or within an adjacent structure. Accounts for up to 20% of complications reported in MAUDE database.
Migration and Embolization
Movement of the device beyond the location of initial placement within the IVC. Accounts for 22% of complications reported in the MAUDE database.
IVC Thrombosis and Stenosis
Formation of chronic DVT in the IVC secondary to prolonged IVC Filter implantation. Increased risk with prolonged implantation and absence of therapeutic anticoagulation.
VTE After IVC Filter Implantation
A new DVT or PE that occurs in a patient after placement of an IVC filter. Increased risk with prolonged implantation and absence of therapeutic anticoagulation.
Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)
A constellation of symptoms following chronic DVT formation that includes swelling, heaviness, pain, skin changes, and/or venous ulceration. May occur in up to 70% of patients with unresolved DVT and an indwelling IVC filter. Risk appears to increase with prolonged filter implantation.
Should you file an IVC Filter Lawsuit to protect your legal rights?
Were you implanted with an IVC Filter?
Other IVC FIlters
Did you then develop any complications?
DVT (Deep vein thrombosis)
If you answered yes to these two questions you should look into your legal rights. Fill out our Secure IVC Filter Instant Case Evaluation if you believe you may need to protect your legal rights.
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