28 Jul IVC Filter Lawsuit Exposes Public Health Risk
Our firm is currently filing IVC Filter Lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were implanted with IVC Filters.
IVC Filters a Potential Public Health Crisis
As many as 2 million people in the United States have been implanted with IVC filters over the past two decades. Although the makers of these devices have known for over a decade that IVC Filters are prone to migration (moving from where they were implanted, often to the heart), Perforation of the Inferior Vena Cava (the largest vein in the body) as well as other organs, these medical device companies continued to aggressively market these products. As a result of the actions of these IVC Filter manufacturers many individuals have suffered severe injury and even death.
We view the problem with IVC filters as a potential public health crisis due to the fact that many IVC Filter recipient’s devices may have already fractured or migrated to their heart or other organs however, often the recipient will not have any symptoms and be unaware of the fact that the problem with their device may, at any moment, cause severe injury and even death.
In 2014 the FDA issued an advisory regarding IVC Filters: “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.”
The 2014 FDA Advisory also summarized the scope of the problem with IVC filters: “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.”
The advisory issued by the FDA in 2014 may prevent some IVC Filter recipients who received their implant after that advisory however, the advisory provides no protection for individuals who were implanted with an IVC filter prior to the advisory. Numerous studies have shown that the longer an IVC filter is indwelling in a recipient the greater the risk that the filter will fracture, migrate and puncture other organs. Those most at risk, IVC Filter recipients who have had IVC Filters in their body for longer periods of time, are provided no protection by the FDA action. Most surgeons that implant IVC Filters discharge the patient from their care shortly after the IVC Filter is implanted, so who exactly is supposed to “follow up” on IVC Filter recipients who were implanted before the FDA advisory?
Steps to Take if you Have an IVC Filter
Make your current doctor aware that you have an IVC filter and ask for an X-Ray of the device to determine if your device has fractured or migrated. If you would like a copy of the FDA advisory to share with your doctor, please contact our office.
Contact our Law Firm today to get more information about the risks associated with IVC Filters and information about filing an IVC Lawsuit.
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