Are IVC filters really safe?

There are a lot of medical devices out there that your doctor in Nashville may recommend to make your life better. One of these is the inferior vena cava filter, but is it really safe?

The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the body and can become a highway for a blood clot that has formed in patients’ legs or lower abdomen. This is because the inferior vena cava carries blood from this region up to the heart and lungs. An IVC filter is a device that is supposed to catch the blood clot within the vein, thereby protecting patients from a worsened medical condition. According to Ring of Fire Radio, multiple lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of these devices in recent years.

These lawsuits claim that IVC filters have caused harm to patients, including death. The devices allegedly moved from their original position, broke and the pieces traveled through the veins, and that they caused punctures in veins that resulted in serious injury. One manufacturer, CR Bard, has been named in so many federal lawsuits that a court made the decision to recently consolidate them into one.   

CR Bard has also been the subject of a new investigation from NBC News. That investigation revealed that executives at the company knew in 2004 that the IVC filter device could cause harm to patients. The company is also suspected of having doctored an FDA approval application by forging a regulatory specialist’s signature on it. The investigation alleges that instead of recalling the device when a study conducted by CR Bard in 2004 revealed these problems, the company continued to market it, selling more than 34,000 units. To date, the company’s filter has been connected to 300 injuries and 30 patient deaths.

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