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IVC Filter Side Effects: Filter Moving Out of Place

Posted on March 8, 2016

Inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) are expanding, spider-like devices inserted into a vein to prevent blood clots from entering the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. IVC filters were designed to be used by patients at risk for pulmonary embolisms who are unable to take blood thinning medications.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved IVC filters in 2003. But, by 2010, a variety of problems were associated with the filters. It was found that IVC filters could sometimes break apart, pierce blood vessels and organs, and move to other parts of the body—all serious health threats. The FDA recommended that IVC filters be removed once the danger of blood clots had passed. But, this too proved to be problematic in many cases. Some IVC filters broke when surgeons tried to remove them and others had migrated to another part of the body where they were not retrievable.

Many patients who had problems with IVC filters are now filing IVC filter claims against the device’s manufacturers, C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Lawsuits for negligence, failure to warn, design defects, manufacturing defects, breach of implied warranty, and negligent misrepresentation have been filed nationwide.

If you or a loved one has had an issue with an IVC filter, you need to contact a pharmaceutical litigation injury attorney. Farah & Farah has represented injury victims for years. It’;s our mission to win secure compensation for victims injured by faulty medical products.

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