IVC blood clot filters may break apart, causing injuries
In patients with blood clots in the veins of their legs a debilitating condition called deep-vein thrombosis physicians sometimes implant miniature filters to prevent the clots from migrating to the lungs.
But the devices can break and perforate blood vessels, and there is little evidence they save lives, leading some medical societies to conclude they are not worth the risk.
A company that made a blood-clot filter associated with 27 deaths and hundreds of problems replaced the device with a modified version that it knew had similar and potentially fatal flaws soon after it was put on the market.
A former insider with C. R. Bard claims her signature was forged, resulting in the approval of the medical device despite major concerns about the filter’s safety.
DALLAS – DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson have appealed a trial court decision that would have them pay out $150 million in damages to five plaintiffs.
Two Canadian patients with Cook IVC filters were told the devices could not be removed because the surgery would be too dangerous. They have now filed class action lawsuits against Cook Medical.