The Bard G2 Filter System, one of that company’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filters used to prevent blood clots, is now among the latest products being named in defective medical device lawsuits.
There are complicated medical terms involved here but essentially these are medical devices implanted in patients by physicians with the goal of protecting against possibly fatal pulmonary emboli incidents in patients with deep vein thrombosis.
They are not without risk, according to Wikipedia, “Their effectiveness and safety profile is not well established, and in general, they are only recommended in some high-risk scenarios.” Some of this concern is generated by findings published by medical researchers in respected medical journals.
FDA issues IVC health safety alert
The situation has not gone unnoticed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency charged with overseeing the safety of drugs and medical devices. The FDA issued a public health alert n 2010 warning about concerns about the safety concerns involving IVC filter problems. Read more at
Federal regulators noted in their health alert that more than 900 of what are called “adverse event reports” had been filed by patients who suffered problems with their IVC filters and were concerned enough to contact the agency.
FDA officials also announced that they were recommending that physicians remove the filter implants once the dangers of a clot occurring had receded.
Medical research questions IVC filter safety
Another damaging indictment of the Bard filter system was published in an article in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which showed that the Bard G2 IVC filter fracture rate had climbed to as high as 12 percent and that the longer a patient had a filter in his or her body, the more susceptible they were to having a filter fracture and cause damage.
For medical devices, this is a very high failure rate. In one of the most publicized medical device recalls in history, the DePuy metal hip implant systems were filing at a rate of up to 13 percent, according to published reports and allegations made in DePuy hip implant lawsuits.
The central issue, according to numerous Bard IVC Filter lawsuits, is that some of the filters implanted in patients have broken free and moved through the bodies of these victims. This situation has resulted in fractures and potentially fatal damage to vital body organs, according to these allegations.
IVC filter problem checklist
Here are some of the most common serious health problems that Bard IVC victims are attributing to the filters that have failed:
- Shortness of breath and other breathing problems
- Strong and persistent chest pains
- Perforations of the heart
- Perforations of the lungs
- Punctured vena cava
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion
- Other hemorrhages
- Cardiac tamponade
- Pericardial pamponade