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IVC filter patients should make sure their doctor is aware of the latest FDA guidance that physicians remove their IVC filter

Friday, December 21, 2018 - Doctors implanting an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter have an ethical responsibility to monitor their patients on an ongoing basis, as frequently as monthly, to check to see if the device needs changing. The US Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance that physicians periodically replace the filter. Complaints have been registered by IVC patients that their doctors had left the device in too long and that led to a variety of adverse medical consequences. The FDA is convinced that leaving an IVC filter in a patient too long can cause serious injury and even death. If left in too long the device can cause blood clots itself as too many are trapped. Also, the device's fragile spider-like spindles can break off and compromise the lungs and heart. The FDA urges physicians and surgeons to consider the device a temporary solution and not view it as a permanent implant.

In one of the clearest statements to date illustrating the seriousness of their concerns, the FDA updated their warnings on IVC filters in May of 2016. The FDA stated: "The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient's risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization, and IVC perforation."

As a result of the negligence of the physician as well as the shortcomings of the device itself, the following are a list of symptoms that indicate an IVC filter has been in place too long. IVC malfunction patients have reported device migration, breakage of the spindles, thrombosis, perforation of the Vena Cava, as well as blood clots and reoccurring pulmonary embolism, the exact condition the device was intended to prevent in the first place.

If you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects from leaving an IVC filter in place too long and the complications of revision surgeries, you may consider speaking with a knowledgeable and experienced IVC filter attorney to see if you qualify to file a claim. Many plaintiffs have won monetary compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain, and suffering, amongst other damages. A Texas man was recently awarded $1.2 million in a jury verdict against Cook Medical when his IVC Filter caused blood vessel and organ perforations. Another jury found in favor of the plaintiff and held CR Bard liable ordering them to pay $3.6 million. The plaintiff's IVC Filters splintered within her and caused life-threatening injuries, migrating into the inferior vena cava.

IVC filters manufacturers are being held liable for rushing a faulty, untested medical device to market using the flawed 501 (k) fast-track approval process that allows medical devices to be sold to the public without first being tested on humans if the device can be shown to be similar to another one already on the market.

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