The Seven Most Dangerous IVC Filters
IVC filters are medical devices designed to prevent blood clots like pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. The medical devices are implanted to stop blood clots from traveling throughout the body and to prevent strokes. However, numerous studies have found IVC filters have a high rate of device failure, including fracture, migration, embolization, and perforation of the inferior vena cava wall.
The seven most dangerous IVC filters most commonly named in lawsuits include:
1. Cook Günther Tulip Filter – Approved by the FDA in 2003, the Günther Tulip was one of Cook Medical’s first IVC filters. However, a study in 2012 in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology found 86% of patients with Günther Tulip IVC filters experienced device perforation of the inferior vena cava wall.
2. Cook Celect Filter – Released onto the market in 2008, it did not take long for reports of Celect filter device failure to come in. The Celect proved to be no better than its predecessor, the Günther Tulip, at resisting failure.
3. Bard Recovery Filter – The Recovery filter was C.R. Bard’s first IVC filter to hit the market in the U.S. when it received approval in 2002. However, as early as 2004, the company received reports that the devices were causing serious complications. In 2005, Bard voluntarily removed the Recovery filter from the market.
4. Bard G2 Filter – While the Recovery filter was being recalled, Bard released the G2 filter onto the market. Although the G2 was supposed to have enhanced fracture resistance, the FDA continued to receive reports of device failure.
5. Bard G2 Express – Released shortly after the G2, the G2 Express proved to be just as dangerous. The G2 Express has a fracture rate of 12%, and only half of fractured devices can be successfully removed.
6. Cordis OptEase – Not only was the OptEase by Cordis dangerous for its failure rate, a labeling error printed an arrow pointing the wrong direction, causing devices to be implanted upside down. Only when the device is in the upright position can it be anchored in place by the struts. The printing error led to many patients having the device migrate through the body, causing severe complications.
7. Cordis TrapEase – Although the Cordis TrapEase filter contained better labeling and instructions, a 2011 study found the TrapEase had a higher risk of fracture compared to other IVC filters.
IVC Filter Attorneys
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