NBC News Investigation Questions Continued Sell of Defective IVC Filters
Medical device company C.R. Bard has come under fire after a NBC News investigation uncovered confidential company records showing concern over the reports of failures regarding its G2 series IVC filters.
According to the investigation, the company’s initial Recovery filter was associated with 27 deaths, as well as hundreds of other problems. C.R. Bard then released the G2 series filters to replace their other line and they allegedly knew the new device had similar flaws that could result in fatality, yet they still released it on the market.
Despite knowledge of and concern over the flaws, C.R. Bard kept the device on the market until 2010, selling over 160,000 rather than recalling them. As a result, Bard and FDA records show that at least 12 more death have been linked to the G2 series IVC filters.
These filters are shaped like spiders and implanted in the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs and heart. Some patients have reported that the filter may fracture and could travel through the vein. This is very dangerous and could cause serious harm to the patient. The IVC filter may also move towards the heart and lungs, which could prove to be fatal.
At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., we have been following this situation closely. We know that IVC filters can cause serious damage when they are defective and we work hard to help clients who have been affected by these devices. Our IVC filter attorneys can help you file a claim if you had an IVC filter implanted and it broke, moved, or caused some other kind of health issue.
Call today for a free case evaluation and learn your rights. Our firm has helped countless clients in the past and we believe that manufacturers of defective IVC filters should be held accountable for their oversights.