IVC filters are placed inside of a patient’s inferior vena cava artery to stop blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs. Retrievable IVC filters are supposed to be removed within 10 to 100 days after placement, but many are left inside the patient.
IVC Placement and Removal
The FDA has received reports of adverse events and defective product problems associated with IVC filters, especially when they are left in place. Reports include device migration, filter fracture, embolization, perforation of the IVC and difficulty removing the devices.
These events have a better chance of occurring the longer an IVC filter is implanted. Patients with retrievable IVC filters can avoid complications if the filter can be removed once the risk of blood clotting subsides.
Manufacturers failed to report known adverse events related to their IVC filters to the FDA and the public, placing many more lives at risk. If you have a retrievable IVC filter that you are considering having removed, or if you have been seriously injured by a defective IVC filter, we’d like to speak with you.
Contact Van Wey, Presby & Williams, PLLC today, and don’t wait! When a large pharmaceutical company is negligent, many people are harmed and some even lose their lives. We fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. We make it our mission to do our best to stop large pharmaceutical companies from placing public health at risk as a result of negligence on their part. We’d like to help you.
By: Kay Van Wey | January 28th, 2016