In light of the recent announcements by the medical societies and the FDA, Resource4thePeople also has established an information bank about IVCs, including medical research reports, stories in the media and details from IVC lawsuits in order to allow consumers to familiarize themselves with these issues.
The link to this information is: http://www.resource4thepeople.com/defectivemedicaldevices/bard-ivc.html
For instance, class-action lawsuits were recently filed by patients who had Bard IVC filters implanted in their bodies and claim to have suffered serious health problems.***
The lawsuits allege that the devices are prone to fracture and cause tears in body organs, including the heart and that C.R. Bard is liable because company officials were aware of IVC filters problems but failed
The lawsuit claims that an estimated 100,000 of the devices have been implanted in patients in the United States.
These lawsuits and the medical societies formation of an IVC filter follow the warning issued by the FDA detailing the large number of Adverse Event Reports:
"Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters, of which 328 involved device migration, 146 involved embolizations (detachment of device components), 70 involved perforation of the IVC, and 56 involved filter fracture. Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes in patients. These types of events may be related to a retrievable filter remaining in the body for long periods of time, beyond the time when the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) has subsided.
"The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC
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