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Thousands of individuals are suing Bard claiming that their IVC filter has done more harm than good

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - According to "The inferior vena cava (or IVC) is a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower and middle body into the right atrium of the heart. Its walls are rigid and have valves so the blood does not flow down via gravity."

A recent bellwether lawsuit, the first of its kind against CR Bard, found the company liable for the injuries one of their patients sustained from the faulty medical device. In April of 2018, CR Bard, maker of the Bard Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter, was ordered to pay $3.6 million to a woman for the serious injuries she sustained from the malfunctioning of the G2 inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. The filter which was implanted in the Georgia woman in 2007, broke apart within her body and caused her life-threatening injuries. The device which is intended to trap blot clots that can lead to serious pulmonary embolisms, fractured and parts migrated to puncture her inferior vena cava. The jury award was into $1.6 million in compensatory damaged and $2 million in punitive damages citing the company's negligence in rushing a faulty medical device to market.

More recently, however, in June of 2018, a jury has sided with Bard's defense of having adequately warned patients of the device's risks. In this case, Doris Jones, another Georgia women, claims that the Bard Eclipse IVC filter fractured within her causing arm and head pain every year since her being implanted with the device in 2010. It has been determined that the Eclipse IVC filter fractured and migrated to and blocked the pulmonary artery preventing the removal of a part of the device which will continue to threaten her life for as long as she lives.

There are currently around 6000 lawsuits pending against Bard for rushing a faulty medical device to market without adequate testing. The Bard IVC filter tends to break apart and migrate to other parts of the body and perforate them causing extreme pain and life-threatening injuries. Dangerous open heart surgery is usually required to retrieve the device and as many of the fractured pieces as possible. Any piece of the device left in the body can result in allergic and auto-immune responses as the body reject the foreign object. Constant joint and body pain, as well as migraine headaches, have been reported even by those that have what they thought was the device's removal.

People with debilitating pain requiring revision surgery are urged to consult a Bard IVC filter attorney to see if they qualify for compensation. Bard IVC filters were approved using the FDA's flawed 501 (k) fast-track approval system whereby the devices were not required to be tested on human beings prior to being brought to market. FDA fast track approval was intended to be the exception, not the rule but today, however, upwards of 98% of all medical devices use the fast-track system. Medical devices can circumvent human testing and having to go before a board of certified scientists if it can be shown that the new device is "substantially similar" to a device already on the market, whether or not the device they are comparing the new one to has proven faulty and caused human injury or deaths.

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