The C.R. Bard Eclipse Vena Cava Filter is a retrievable IVC filter that has a highly-polished surface. Unfortunately, when retrievable IVC filters are not removed, they are more likely to fracture, migrate, travel in the body (embolization), or require additional surgery.
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 implanted with an IVC filter, 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.
UPDATE: Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in Misssissippi
May 31, 2016 — A woman from Mississippi who was injured by an Eclipse® Vena Cava Filter has filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) against C.R. Bard in the U.S. District Court for Arizona, Case No. 2:16-cv-01681, In re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation. Click here to read more.
C.R. Bard manufactures several types of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. These medical devices are implanted in patients with blood clots in their legs who cannot take a blood-thinning medication. The filter is designed with thin wire legs (called “struts”) arranged in a cone-shape. The filter catches blood clots before they get stuck in the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
What is the Bard Eclipse IVC Filter?
C.R. Bard introduced the Eclipse IVC Filter in 2010. It is nearly identical to the Bard G2 IVC filter, but it has an electropolished finish that is much smoother.
What is the problem?
The Bard Recovery, G2, and G2 Express filters were associated with a 12% fracture-rate in a study published in 2012. Embolization occurred in 13% of cases. These conclusions were based on data on 548 people, collected from 2004-2010, before Eclipse was on the market. It is unknown if the Eclipse IVC filter has a similar risk of fracture, but they have a similar design and it is a common complication with retrievable IVC filters.
Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Fracture
Retrievable IVC filters are temporary medical devices intended for short-term protection against pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). The risk of complications increases the longer a retrievable IVC filter is left in a patient. Therefore, the FDA recommends removing the IVC filter as soon as the patient is no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism.
In 2010, the FDA published a Safety Communication with the following warning about retrievable IVC filters:
“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.”
Do I have a Bard Eclipse 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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