January 1, 1970 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
It is true, a research study in the October 2015 issue of Annals of Surgery reports that inferior vena cava filters are not only capable of injuring and killing people, but that they are also ineffective, offering no benefit to patients. The study was carried out at the University of Michigan and examined data on over 800 patients who received IVC filters between 2010 and 2014. The scientists’ study conclusion was: “High rates of prophylactic IVC filter placement have no effect on reducing trauma patient mortality and are associated with an increase in DVT events.” Thus, according to this study IVC filters are routinely implanted by physicians when the filters are not medically indicated, the filters are ineffective at reducing the risk of deep-vein thromboses (DVT), and the filters actually exacerbate the very condition – DVT – that they are supposed to treat.
The FDA has previously advised that these filters tend to break once implanted and can migrate and cause internal injury or death. Lawsuits filed by IVC filter victims are pending in various jurisdictions, and more are being filed every day. Yet, the manufacturers of these filters, who are eager to play in the lucrative medical device market, continue to promote IVC filters to physicians who either don’t know that the filters are ineffective and pose a danger to their patients or who are unscrupulous and who are ready, willing, and able to utilize and profit off of any piece of useless junk pumped out by the medical device industrial complex. And, it is all for the money.