IVC Filter FDA Recall

If someone in your family was injured by a defective IVC filter which was intended to fight blood clots, you may want information on a possible IVC filter recall. If so, we have an IVC filter FDA recall update for you.

Tragically, to date no manufacturer of these defective medical devices has issued an IVC filter recall. Instead, they continue to sell often defective blood clot filters for profits while innocent Americans suffer.

This is true despite the fact that studies, research and news media investigations have shown that IVC filters have defects — defects which already have spawned IVC filter lawsuits against negligent manufacturers.

Evidence of IVC Filter Defects

Among the evidence of IVC filter defects which should have led to a filter recall is a one-year investigation by NBC News into C.R. Bard, one of the makers of the devices.

NBC says it found that Bard was aware of potentially deadly defects in its devices, including the Recovery filter, which had a higher danger of filter migration, filter fracture and death than those of its competitors.

Yet Bard kept selling the Recovery, even while issuing a replacement filter known as a G2. Instead of issuing a filter recall, Bard sold more than 160,000 of such filters for about $37,000 each.

Other Defective IVC Filters

Other defective IVC filter products have been sold by other manufacturers, including Cook Medical Inc. of Bloomington, Indiana. It, too, has refused to issue an IVC filter recall, even as evidence has mounted that such filters can cause serious injuries.

At issue are such products as:

  • Cook Platinum IVC filters
  • Cook Celect IVC filters
  • Cook Platinum IVC filters

FDA Recall of IVC Filters

So far, there hasn’t been an FDA recall issued for IVC filters either. However, the Food and Drug Administration did issue a warning in 2010 that leaving an IVC filter in the body for extended time periods was to be avoided, since the devices could cause serious and even life-threatening complications.

Then, in 2014, the FDA acknowledged that it had received reports of “adverse events” linked to IVC filters which led to this recommendation: The FDA recommended that clinicians and implanting physicians responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider taking the filter from the body as soon as the patient no longer requires protection from pulmonary embolism, or blockage of an artery in the lungs.

Keep in mind that some IVC filters are designed to function as permanent implants, while others are retrievable devices which can be removed once the blood clot danger has passed.

Does No Recall Mean No Lawsuit?

You may be wondering if the absence of an IVC filter recall means you have no right to a lawsuit to claim payments for an IVC filter injury. Rest assured that, with or without a recall, Americans who are injured by a defective medical device have a legal right to seek financial compensation for their injury losses. A lawsuit may proceed independently on the existence or absence of a product recall.

For more information on your legal rights pertaining to a defective IVC filter, please contact us at the Willis Law Firm today. We will quickly provide you with free legal advice for your case, and then you can decide if you want to proceed with an IVC lawsuit — recall or no recall.