RETRIEVABLE IVC Filter Litigation
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ABOUT the Retrievable IVC Filters
Inferior Vena Cava filters (IVC filters) are spider-like medical devices inserted into the inferior vena cava to catch blood clots before they move to the lungs. The inferior vena cava is the main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. IVC filters are frequently placed in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective.
Many IVC filters are designed to be permanent implants although some of these devices are designed to be retrieved and removed. Retrievable IVC Filters are at the center of this litigation. Each year, approximately 200,000 blood clot filters (IVC filters) are implanted by surgeons to prevent pulmonary embolisms.
Reports of adverse events and product problems with IVC Filters have grown and have caused the Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) to perform post market surveillance studies on these devices. The following adverse events have been found to potentially occur with these devices:
Migration of the filter
Perforation of the heart, lungs, kidneys, or blood vessels
Erosion into the inferior vena cava (IVC)
Bleeding or fluid build-up around the heart (hemorrhagic pericardial effusion)
Embolization of broken filter fragments into the heart or lungs
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Difficulty removing the devices
For patients with retrievable filters, some complications may be avoided if the filter can be removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided. The FDA is concerned that retrievable IVC filters, when placed for a short-term risk of pulmonary embolism, are not always removed once the risk subsides.
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 pulmonary embolism is no longer needed.
When feasible and clinically indicated, the FDA suggests retrievable IVC filters be removed.
"Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Initial Communication" - by the FDA, August 9,2010
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The Retrievable IVC Litigation
The litigation centers on the IVC filters that are designed to be retrievable. The Retrievable IVC litigation currently has two multi-district litigations (MDLs) formed. The most mature of these is MDL 2570 – Cook Medical, Inc. IVC Filter’s litigation, which is situated in the Southern District of Indiana – Indianapolis Division before Chief Judge Richard L. Young. MDL 2570 against Cook was established on July 21, 2014.
The second multi-district litigation currently established is MDL 2641 against C.R. Bard, Inc. situated in the United States District Court of Arizona – Phoenix Division before Judge David Campbell. MDL 2641 currently was established on May 18, 2015
Manufacturers C.R. Bard, Inc. and Cook Medical, Inc. are at the center of Retrievable IVC filter litigation. The litigations focus on the following five retrievable filters:
C.R. Bard, Inc. Retrievable Products include:
The Bard Recovery filter
The Bard G2 filter
The Bard G2 Express filter
Cook Medical, Inc. Retrievable products include:
The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
The Cook Celect filter
Lawsuits currently filed against Cook Medical, Inc. and/or C.R. Bard, Inc. allege claims of negligence, failure to warn, design defects, manufacturing defects, breach of implied warranty and negligent misrepresentation on the part the companies and their subsidiaries.
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