Today, because of warning information provided by the FDA, American doctors and patients are aware of dangerous and life-threatening IVC filter complications. Yet Bard continues to manufacture and market the devices.
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IVC Filters Can Break or Move
Bard inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small, clawed metal devices implanted in the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs, a health condition known as pulmonary embolism. The inferior vena cava is the main artery which returns blood to the lungs from the lower half of the body.
Bard IVC filters are prone to moving, fracturing, or breaking. Any failure of the medical device is likely to result in serious injury to the patient. When the metal filter breaks, moves, pushes through tissues, or perforates blood vessels, the patient can suffer from fatal internal bleeding, stroke, organ damage, significant pain, and death.
The longer Bard IVC filters are left in place, the greater the risk to the patient, according to the FDA.
IVC Filters: More Dangerous than Beneficial?
Multiple studies have shown that Bard IVC filters fail at a high rate. The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine says 40% of IVC filters will break within 5.5 years of implantation.
The most frequent Bard IVC filter problems and their corresponding health complications include:
Migration to heart or lungs can result in blockage of blood flow such as cardiac tamponade or outflow blockage, stroke, heart attack, and death.
Strut fractures, or the breakage of the device's metal legs, result in metal shards becoming lodged somewhere in the blood vessels, heart or brain, potentially causing blood flow blockages, stroke, organ damage, and death.
Perforation of an organ can result in serious damage to the heart or lungs, requires surgery, and may result in death.
According to the FDA, the risk of serious IVC filter injuries becomes significant just 4-6 weeks after implantation. At this point, federal regulators advise the device is more dangerous than beneficial.
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The FDA warns the longer an IVC filter remains implanted, the greater the risk. IVC filters have been found to cause serious injuries and death when the devices break, fracture, shift, or move in the body.
Research shows that as many as 40% of Bard IVC filters will fail, causing life-threatening medical conditions. The device's metal struts, or legs, may break off and damage vital organs including the heart, lungs, or brain.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by an IVC filter, you are right to seek information on your legal options. Pharmaceutical companies that place profits ahead of patient safety must be held accountable.