Vena Cava Blood Clot Filter Problems Highlighted by NBC News

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted September 3, 2015


A new, two-part NBC News investigative report highlights the risk of problems with Bard Recovery inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, which are small filters implanted in the vena cava to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. However, many users have suffered severe complications when the filters broke, punctured the vena cava or otherwise moved out of position.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been representing individuals nationwide who are pursuing vena cava blood clot filter lawsuits since 2010, and the coverage of these issues by major news media is long-overdue.

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The first part of the NBC News Report aired last night, noting that at least 27 deaths have been linked to the Bard Recovery blood clot Filter. In addition, at least 300 other serious injuries have been associated with pieces of the filter breaking off and piercing the heart, perforating the vein or migrating out of position.

In addition to providing information about the risk of problems with vena cava blood clot filters, NBC News also highlighted information that clearly suggests that C.R. Bard may have known about the risks long before the incidents came to light.

Internal company reports disclosed by NBC reveal that information about problems with the Bard Recovery filter were known while the company continued to sell the filter for use in an estimated 34,000 patients.

The second part of the NBC News IVC filter report airs tonight, examining the approval process for the Bard Recovery filter.

The Bard Recovery IVC filter was introduced in 2002, and was heralded by the manufacturer as a groundbreaking type of vena cava blood clot filter that was seen as a very important product for the company. However, only a few years after it was introduced, the Bard Recovery was removed from the market and replaced by the Bard G2 Filter. However, similar problems have also been seen with the Bard G2 filter.

As early as 2005, a study published by the New England Society for Vascular Surgery found at 31.7% Bard Recovery fracture rate following an analysis of adverse event reports submitted to the FDA. Another study, published in 2010 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, indicated that the rate of complications associated with the filters was 25%. In more than 70% of cases where the filter reportedly fractured, the pieces migrated to the heart.

Similar issues have plagued the Cook Celect and Cook Gunther Tulip blood clot filters, which are also designed to be retrieved after the risk of a clot has passed.

Vena Cava Blood Clot Filter Lawsuits

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the U.S. who are pursuing financial compensation through a Bard Recovery filter lawsuit, Bard G2 filter lawsuit or Cook IVC filter lawsuit.

Each of these retrievable vena cava blood clot filters have been linked to an unacceptable rate of complications for years, including:

  • Filter Fracture
  • Filter Migration
  • Perforation of the Heart, Lung, Vena Cava or Other Organs
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventrical Tachycardia
  • Persistent Chest Pain or Shortness of Breath

Evidence suggests that the manufacturers have placed their desire for profits ahead of patient safety, by failing to warn the medical community about the risks of the Recovery filter and by not removing the device from the market.

If you, a friend or family member have suffered complications from a vena cava blood clot filter, request a free consultation or claim evaluation to determine if financial compensation may be available through an IVC filter injury settlement. All claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are never any out-of-pocket expenses and no fees are levied unless a recovery is obtained.


1 Comment • Add Your Comments

  • Mervin says:

    Hiring a good lawyers is more important in these cases. Patients suffering from severe complications because of IVC filters are titled for compensations.for the damage

    Posted on January 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm

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