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Bard IVC Filter Failure Lawsuit Consultations Now Available Through Resource4thePeople
Date:2/18/2013

filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation."

The FDA recommended that health care professionals responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from pulmonary embolisms is no longer needed.

The agency also said that it is continuing to review the medical research about IVC filter problems and would issue an updated report when more information become available.

Consumer4thePeople is also recommending that patients who have had IVC filters implanted in their bodies research the FDA's Adverse Event Reports files, which are public record. Here are details from one of the Bard IVC Adverse Event Reports:****

"BARD IVC FILTER "RECOVERY" FILTER SYSTEM
Lot Number: GF0E0997
Device Problems: Filter break(s); Device, or device fragments remain in patient
Event Date: 04/04/2009
Event Type: Injury
Patient Outcome: Required Intervention
Event Description: Pt had bard ivc temporary filter placed in 2004. In (b) (6) 2009, pt came in with chest pain and sob. During cardiac cath noted fragments of the ivc filter in right ventricle. Ct angio revealed fragment of ivc filter in liver. Decision made not to remove fragments. Risk was too great. Pt did have pulmonary embolism."

Resource4thePeople also is announcing its support for The Society of Interventional Radiology and Society for Vascular Surgery's announcement of the formation of a medical review -- PRESERVE -- to analyze the health risk of IVC filters to patients and is encouraged by the following mission statement issued by the group:

"PRESERVE data will allow a systematic,
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