According to NBC, Bard hired Dr. John Lehmann, a private consultant, to conduct a confidential study (PDF) of the Recovery’s risks in 2004.
The study found evidence linking the Recovery to higher rates of complications than other filters on the market. Dr. Lehmann wrote:
“Further investigation of the Recovery VCF filter performance in relation to migration and fracture is urgently warranted.”
But instead of investigating further, Bard continued selling the Recovery and hired a public relations firm to develop a crisis management plan (PDF) to deal with bad press.
Over the next three years, about 34,000 Recovery IVC filters were implanted in patients. In October 2005, Bard discontinued the Recovery and began selling a modified version called the G2. By 2006, Bard estimated that 20,000 people were implanted with the filters.
Unfortunately, both filters were linked to high rates of fracture and embolization in a study published in 2010. When the thin wire legs of the device break off, they can travel in the bloodstream, perforate internal organs, and cause life-threatening heart problems. They may also be impossible to remove.
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