B. Braun Medical Inc. manufactures the TempoFilter and VenaTech IVC filters. A growing number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf patients who were injured or died from serious side effects.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently evaluating IVC filter cases in all 50 states, regardless of whether you have been injured or not. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a severe side effect, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
B. Braun VenaTech IVC Filter Death Lawsuit
March 2017 — The widow of a man who died of complications from a defective B. Braun IVC filter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit (PDF) in North Carolina. The victim is Keith A. Waters, a man who died of blood clots and cardiac arrest just 3 weeks after the VenaTech LP filter broke inside his body. Click here to read more.
What is an IVC Filter?
B. Braun Medical Inc. manufactures several types of filters that are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), a major vein that carries de-oxygenated blood from the lower half of the body to the heart and lungs. IVC filters are designed to catch any blood clots that travel from the legs (called deep vein thrombosis) and get stuck in the lungs, preventing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
List of B. Braun IVC Filters
- Tempofilter II
- VenaTech LGM
- VenaTech LP
FDA Safety Warning for IVC Filters
After receiving nearly 1,000 adverse even reports between 2005 and 2010, the FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn that temporary IVC filters should be removed as soon as they were no longer necessary.
B. Braun TempoFilter I
The TempoFilter I was the first temporary filter on the market from B. Braun. However, the company suspended development due to problems with catheter buckling. In several incidents, the filter migrated to a patient’s heart — including one case that was fatal.
B. Braun TempoFilter II
The Tempofilter II was introduced with design changes to improve stability. The problem is that patients have still been injured when the implant failed.
For example, one 62 year-old man who was implanted with the Tempofilter II had had it removed three weeks later. Unfortunately, a filter leg broke and become embedded in the vena cava wall. According to the report, the patient was put on blood-thinning medications and discharged from the hospital without removing the broken filter leg.
Safety Studies of B. Braun VenaTech LP
The PRESERVE clinical trial began enrolling patients in December 2015. Over the next five years, about 2,100 IVC filter patients across the United States are expected to join the study — including about 300 with the B. Braun VenaTech LP filter. Researchers will track patient outcomes to determine the safety and effectiveness of many types of IVC filters.
IVC Filter Safety Risks
The longer an IVC filter is implanted in a patient, the higher the risk of deadly complications. Some of the most serious side effects include:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Embolization of broken pieces
- Vena cava perforation
- Migration to the heart or lungs
- Chronic pain
- Pulmonary embolism
Do I have a B. Braun IVC Filter Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is evaluating IVC filter cases in all 50 states, regardless of whether you were injured or not. If you or someone you know received an IVC filter implant, please contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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