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Concerns have been raised about inferior vena cava (IVC) filters and the potential for serious, life-threatening events linked to IVC filters being implanted too long. Among the makers of IVC filters are Bard, maker of the Bard IVC filter, and Cook, maker of the Cook Celect IVC Filter and Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filter. IVC filter lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs who allege they were seriously harmed by the filter.

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IVC Filter Lawsuits

ivcfilter1 Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are used in patients who are at a risk of pulmonary embolism but cannot tolerate anticoagulant medications. The filters are implanted in the patient's inferior vena cava (which is the main blood vessel that returns blood from the legs and lower part of the body to the heart), and contain struts that stop blood clots before the clots reach the patient's lung.

Some IVC filters have been linked to metallic failure, in which the struts break off of the filter, putting the patient at risk of perforation of major blood vessels, deadly internal bleeding, or stroke. Other life-threatening complications reportedly include device migration.

Lawsuits filed against Bard have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings in MDL 2641. Lawsuits against Cook Medical have been consolidated in MDL 2570, with bellwether trials scheduled for 2017. Both companies face allegations that they knew or should have known about the risks associated with the filters but failed to take adequate steps to warn patients.

FDA and IVC Filters

nuvaringbloodclotsdeathIn August 2010 the FDA released a Safety Communication regarding IVC filters (the communication was updated in May 2014). That alert noted that the FDA had received 921 reports of adverse events and product problems associated with the filters. Among the problems listed were 328 reports of device migration, 56 reports of filter fracture, 146 reports of device embolization (where the entire filter or parts of the filter move to the lungs or heart), and 56 reports of perforation of the IVC. The FDA has also noted that some reports involved difficulty removing the device.

The FDA's communication stated that the risks might be linked to retrievable filters remaining in the patient for too long. At the time, the FDA noted that physicians responsible for patients with IVC filters implanted should weigh the risks and benefits of filter removal and consider removing the filters as soon as they are no longer needed.

IVC Complications

According to a study published in JAMA (4/8/13), although the retrievable IVC filters are designed to offer temporary protection, many are left implanted indefinitely. The authors conducted a review of IVC filter use from August 1, 2003 through February 28, 2011 and found that of 679 retrievable IVC filters, only 58 were successfully removed. Thirteen patients had unsuccessful retrieval events. Meanwhile, 74 patients had thrombotic events after IVC filter placements. Researchers concluded that use of IVC filters for certain uses resulted in "suboptimal outcomes."

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Study Suggests IVC Filter Use is on the Decline, But Problems Remain
Study Suggests IVC Filter Use is on the Decline, But Problems Remain
November 25, 2017
St. Louis, MO: Does a win by Cook Medical in a recent bellwether IVC filter lawsuit, together with the release of a study suggesting that IVC filter use is beginning to trend downwards after thirty years of growth, point to the beginning of a sea change for the inferior vena cava filter industry, and IVC filter patients [READ MORE]

Did FDA Fast-Track Contribute to IVC Filter Injuries?
Did FDA Fast-Track Contribute to IVC Filter Injuries?
November 10, 2017
Washington, DC: While we wait for the bellwether trials to proceed in the Cook IVC Filter Litigation MDL and the Bard IVC Filters MDL, maybe it’s time to have a conversation about root causes. How did we end up in late 2017 with more than 2,000 pending IVC filter lawsuits? One thing these IVC filter injury cases have in common is this: the medical devices were approved under a fast-track Federal Drug Administration process, known as 510(k) Clearance. Is the process flawed [READ MORE]

Cook Celect IVC Filters Approved Through FDA Fast Track Approval Process
Cook Celect IVC Filters Approved Through FDA Fast Track Approval Process
October 18, 2017
Indianapolis, IN: One of the manufacturers of inferior vena cava filters facing lawsuits is Cook Medical, the enterprise behind the Cook Celect line of IVC filters. The devices are placed into the inferior vena cava, the primary artery returning deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities up to the heart and lungs. The devices by Cook and other manufacturers have been known to fracture, or become dislodged and drift towards vital organs. Designed to be removed, they often can’t. One Cook Celect IVC filter lawsuit filed last April alleges negligence and a defective design [READ MORE]


Posted by
Sue Thomas
I have a cordis Optease filter
Put in 4/13.
I have had esophagus sphincter problems since 2015.
Are these problems related to the IVC filter?
Please advise.

Posted by
Ernest Smith
I have a filter but I have no problems yet ,do I qualify for a settlement?

Posted by
I had my 1st pe in 2014, where I was put on warfarin they couldn't get my inr levels right so switched me to riveroxban.
I was in that for a year and a bit and found out I was pregnant I miscarriaged at around 6 weeks as the doctors told me to carry on taking these meds even though I told them my heamotogist had told me to stop ASAP if I became pregnant.
Anyway I became pregnant again afew mts later and stopped the riveroxban straight away , they switched me to fragmin .
I started clotting more and more I had 4 more pes and a dvt , they we're tripling my fragmin but yet I still continued to clot .my heamotogist and many doctors said I had a blood disorder and also being pregnant it was messing with my blood .
They all advised me that I should terminate my pregnancy as I wouldn't survive to the end and see my baby being born .
So I had to undergo everything I'm against and make the hardest decision I would ever have make .
The doctors also put a ivc filter for life and then riveroxban again for life .
After slowly trying to come to terms with things and facing the fact that I'm never going to have a baby my health started to slowly get better .
Then the start of this week I started to experience some leg pain behind my right knee and a funny feeling in my leg got afew days .
Then afew days after started to experience chest pain shortness of breath, exactly the same symptoms as when I've had my previous pes .
I went to the hospital and they were not helpful at all just said your on your blood thinners so it's unlikely it would be anything ( even though they know I've clotted being on blood thinners before).
They also said it wouldn't be a pe as I've got my filter in .
So now I'm back to limited means walking up the stairs out of breath doing to much and getting out of breath ect .
Is there anyone out there who can help me ?.
What could it be ?.
I'm convinced it is a pe and that maybe my filter has moved ??, could this be the case .
I'm fed up with being fobbed off can someone please help me . Xx

Posted by
i have had a ivc placed then removed and another one put in what are my options

Posted by
Christl Babcock
I have a filter but I have no problems yet ,do I qualify for a settlement?

Posted by
Had my filter installed in June of 2011. Months later, the vascular surgeon tried to retrieve it. He could not. I've been stuck with it ever since. I only learned recently that these things were linked to serious injuries. In the last year, I've experienced sharp pains in my leg that are worsening.

I live in fear EVERY SINGLE DAY that this time bomb inside of me will break apart and kill me.

I survived TWO pulmonary embolisms just to have a greedy pharmaceutical company kill me with a device they knew to be faulty.

Hoping for success with my lawsuit. They can't get away with this!

Posted by
In 2010 I had a bard IVC filter inserted in my IVC. After suffering multiple infections and illness for years, I later found out towards the end of the year 2013 that the IVC filter needed to come out but was way past its permanent install timing. After having a 3rd infectious disease doctor in 3 years, my last doctor admitted that the IVC titer should be removed. The IVC filter was causing major problems, infections and should be removed.
Later after months they had finally diagnosed the the ivc filter was titled and was stuck into my nervous system. I was unable to walk for 6 months. I eventually got infections in my spin and a sits in my pancreas and much more pain, suffering and decease.
The first operation was a prolonged failure and the doctors said it could not be removed. After existence research and referal's I found a possible surgeon in Nov 2013 that could possibly remove the filter. (in STANFORD UNIVERSITY)
The filter was removed last November and I still suffer much pain and suffering.
Please help.
Thank you,

Posted by
December 2010 I went to the hospital with chest pains and shortness of breathe. My right leg was swollen and hurting but didn't think it was serious til I went in the hospital and had clots in my leg which some moved to my lungs. So they put retrievable ivc in me. I thought all was well until Nov 2013 my left leg was swollen 3 times its size. I had gotten more clots worse.
Which I'm on so much coumadin I didn't see how it was possible until a nurse told me my filter was causing it! Now I have such a chronic clotting disorder since the filter I will be on coumadin the rest of my life. I'm now waiting for them to remove it before I get any worse!


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