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Product Liablity Lawsuit

Written by Faith Anderson on January 2, 2013
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Possible Complications With Bard G2 Filter

The Bard G2 filter is an IVC filter implanted in patients who may be at risk for a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot, but for whom an anticoagulant (blood thinner) is ineffective or is contraindicated. The filters are designed with numerous legs or struts that reach out, catching blood clots that may break free elsewhere in the body, such as in the deep veins of the legs. Unlike traditional IVC filters, the Bard G2 is designed to be removed once the threat of a pulmonary embolism has passed. However, in some cases, doctors have allowed the medical devices to remain in place, which may increase a patient’s risk of complications, including fracture of the struts, perforation of the vena cava, or migration of the device to other parts of the body like the lungs or heart.

FDA Warnings for IVC Filter Side Effects

According to a 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the failure rate for an earlier version of G2 filter, called the Bard Recovery filter, was 25%, while the failure rate for the G2 filter itself was about 12%. These findings led researchers to recommend that doctors immediately stop using the Bard IVC filters to protect patients from pulmonary embolism. That same year, the FDA issued a warning regarding the risk of complications associated with removable IVC filters that are left in place once the danger of the clot has passed. According to the FDA, at least 921 adverse events were reported to the agency during 2010, with roughly 328 involving an IVC filter that broke free and migrated through the body, 146 involving components that broke loose, 70 involving perforation of the vena cava, and 56 involving the filter fracturing.

Contact Our Qualified Attorneys for Help

In light of the side effects potentially caused by the Bard G2 filter and the Bard Recovery filter, a number of patients have filed product liability lawsuits against device maker C.R. Bard. The complaints allege that Bard failed to adequately warn consumers about the risk of problems caused by the IVC filters, including the risks of leaving the devices in place once the threat of a pulmonary embolism has passed. In her complaint, Alexander accuses C.R. Bard of failure to warn, negligence, breach of warranty, defective design and manufacturing, and negligent misrepresentation. She is seeking damages for medical expenses, disability, pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. If you believe you have been adversely affected by a medical device like the Bard G2 filter, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can put you in contact with an experienced lawyer in your area.

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