IVC Filter Manufacturers
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters were first designed in the early 1960s, but were not widely used until the 1990s and 2000s. They were designed to catch and break up blood clots in the veins before they could reach the lungs and cause pulmonary embolisms. Many patients have ended up with dangerous side effects from these filters.
Over the past several years, roughly 200,000 IVC filters were implanted on an annual basis. The market is currently valued at $435 million. While some of these devices have been helpful for patients, many of them have caused additional damage. In fact, there are numerous lawsuits against the manufacturers of IVC devices.
C.R. Bard Lawsuits
C.R. Bard manufactured some of the most common permanent IVC filters with the option to retrieve. There are actually three filters of this name which have caused adverse side effects:
- Bard’s Recovery Filter
- Bard’s G2 Filter
- Bard’s G2 Express
All three of these filters are permanent IVC filters with the option to retrieve. They were all cleared in the 2000s through 510(K) process. Although the manufacturer was convinced of the devices’ safety, the devices have proved otherwise. A four year review found that the Bard’s devices were responsible for:
- 50% of all reported adverse effects
- 64% of all device migrations
- 69% of all vena cava perforation occurrences
- 70% of all broken filter reports
Furthermore, the FDA sent a letter to C.R. Bard in 2015 stating that the IVC retrieval system was never cleared or approved for use.
Cook Medical Cases
Cook Medical, the manufacturer of the popular Gunther Tulip filter and Cook’s Celect, along with several other models, is also facing extensive litigation. These devices were also released through 510(K) clearance. Both the Tulip and the Celect have a history of vena cava wall perforation.
There are currently many cases pending under multidistrict litigation (MDL). When multiple cases like this are consolidated, selected cases go to trial first. The trials will test the arguments and evidence of selected claims to move the litigation process forward.
Experienced New York IVC Filter Attorneys
Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP is a New York personal injury law firm. We have the time and resources to bring cases against large corporate entities like C.R. Bard and Cook Medical.
We strongly believe medical device manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are safe and effective. Failure to warn consumers of the harmful side effects is unacceptable. These manufacturers must be held responsible for their actions. Join the other patients standing up against these companies. Contact us today to discuss your options.