NBC Nightly News recently aired a two-part exposé on medical device
manufacturer CR Bard’s IVC filtration device. Also known as The
Recovery, this small metal trap, which is surgically implanted into the
largest vein in the body, is supposed to work by trapping blood clots
before they can reach the lungs or heart, where they can be fatal. So
far, however, IVC filters have been responsible for 27 fatalities and
nearly 300 other serious injuries and complications.
The device is currently manufactured by 11 companies in the U.S., but CR
Bard’s products stood out early on as being especially dangerous.
For example, one patient reported that a piece of wire broke off of the
filter, traveled through the bloodstream, and pierced her heart. In another
case, a patient was killed when a blood clot actually pushed the entire
filter into her heart. CR Bard is currently facing widespread litigation
from patients like these who have been affected by the faulty filter.
Both Bard and the FDA have been under intense scrutiny as allegations have
surfaced. Bard did not recall the product after initial reports of the
device’s high rate of fatality, device fracture, and device movement,
and continued to sell 34,000 more units for nearly 3 years before another
version of the device was released. This failure to address the problem
has many people concerned that Bard willfully endangered and mislead the
public by continuing to supply it with a product it knew was flawed. So
far, Bard officials refuse to admit any fault, claiming that the device
received all of the appropriate clearances from the FDA.
The FDA also refuses to take any responsibility for the product. Though
they have declined to comment on the situation, they have maintained that
they have done their part to protect the public health. In light of NBC’s
investigation, however, there is evidence that the FDA application to
approve the device contained a forged signature on behalf of a doctor
who refused to back down on her many concerns about the safety of the product.
Trusted Representation for Victims of Dangerous Medical Devices
If you or a loved one have received an IVC implant, we advise that you
contact your doctor immediately to determine if CR Bard manufactured your
filter and whether you should have it removed. There are concerns that
the longer a device stays implanted, the greater the risk, so do not delay.
Then, contact our offices to see if you may be eligible to take part in
a product liability lawsuit. We can tell you whether or not you have a
case in a
free consultation with a Houston personal injury lawyer from Fibich, Leebron, Copeland,
Briggs & Josephson. You may be entitled to compensation for medical
bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, so call today!