February 13, 2015 — After six days of trial, a confidential settlement has been reached between C.R. Bard and a man who was severely injured by the Recovery IVC filter.
The settlement was announced by Judge Robert C. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada on February 9.
In August 2005, plaintiff Kevin Phillips was implanted with the Bard Recovery IVC Filter System, a retrievable filter only intended for short-term protection against blood clots.
Less than five years later, the device migrated instead of capturing the blood clots it was supposed to filter. A wire leg of the filter broke off and flowed into his heart, where it had to be removed with open heart surgery. Phillips’ injuries occurred in April 2010. He also endured a prolonged recovery.
According to the complaint, the Recovery filter is defective because it “has a high fracture and migration rate as compared to other IVC filters, and these defects can cause serious injury or death.”
It is not clear why Phillips had the Recovery implanted for nearly five years, but thousands of people have been severely injured when retrievable filters were not removed after the patient was no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs).
In 2011, the FDA published a Safety Communication after receiving nearly 1,000 adverse event reports involving retrievable IVC filters, such as the Recovery. The reports included device migration, embolizations (detachment of device components), perforation of the inferior vena cava, and filter fracture.
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