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Over 4,500 IVC Filter Lawsuits Centralized in MDLs

July 17, 2017 — There are now over 4,500 IVC Filter lawsuits pending against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical in two federal courts in Arizona and Illinois.

There are 2,342 IVC Filter lawsuits pending against Cook Medical Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois under Judge Richard Young — Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570).

Cook Medical manufactures the Celect® and Günther Tulip® IVC Filters. Several studies have linked these filters to high rates of tilting and vein penetration, often in the first few months of implantation.

There are another 2,213 lawsuits pending against C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. in the U.S. District Court for Arizona under Judge David Campbell — MDL No. 2641.

C.R. Bard manufactures IVC Filters such as the Recovery® and G2®, which are both estimated to fracture in approximately 40% of patients within 5 years of implantation.

Furthermore, hundreds more IVC Filter lawsuits have been filed against manufactures like B. Braun, Rex Medical, and Argon Medical.

All of the lawsuits accuse manufacturers of selling defective medical devices, downplaying safety risks, failing to study the devices for side effects, and inadequately warning doctors about the importance of retrieving IVC Filters when the patient’s risk of blood clots subsides.

For example, a recent study in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis confirmed that IVC Filters are over-used and rarely removed. According to Dr. Mitchel Seleznick:

“All of the findings point to the possibility of undue safety risks among patients who are prescribed IVC filters”

The researchers discovered that most IVC Filters were implanted in patients who could use a blood-thinning medication, which means the filters were implanted against recommendations. IVC Filter patients also had higher rates of hospitalization and hospital re-admission.

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