Bard Meridian IVC Filter: A Failure and Deadly Device

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IVC filter manufacturer C.R. Bard has found itself under considerable scrutiny from the media is in a similar position. Bard is facing thousands of lawsuits by patients who have had implanted the IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard, resulting in injury. Plaintiffs claim that manufacturers of concealing the known risks, failing to warn about side effects, and continuing to market the filter as safe and effective despite a lack of studies proving its long-term or short-term safety. C.R. Bard Meridian IVC filter was introduced in 2011 without clinical trials. It was approved by the Food & Drug Administration’s controversial 510(k) clearance loophole. In February 2016, FDA issued a Class II recall for 1,183 C.R Bard Denali filters to fix a labeling fault. In the labels there is missing warnings against implanting IVC Filter in patients with uncontrolled sepsis or nickel-titanium allergies.

Recent Lawsuit Filed by a California Woman

A woman from California filed a personal injury and defective product liability lawsuit against C.R. Bard Meridian IVC Filter. According to the lawsuit the plaintiff was implanted with the Meridian Vena Cava Filter on November 8, 2012 at a hospital in California. As per Maria A statement the filter was implanted in vena cava order to protect her from blood clots which could migrate toward her heart and lungs. Due to the migration of the device she is at risk of suffering pulmonary embolism and increased health complications which could potentially be life-threatening. The lawsuit was filed on January 20, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona under the Case No. 2:17-cv-00197.

The lawsuit of Mel L is represented by Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas. The case was centralized in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2641) where at least 1,350 other IVC filter lawsuits now pending against C.R. Bard. There are numerous cases filed against Bard and allegations are similar in all the lawsuits. In last year May, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of everyone who was implanted with the Denali or another Bard filter, even if they have not been injured. Lawyers are seeking compensation for medical monitoring and follow-up care. Thousands of similar litigation against Cook Medical is pending in the court. The lawsuits claim that manufacturers failed to warn the general public about the potential health risks associated with the device.

Study Reveals Bard IVC Filter Complications

A number of medical studies have indicated that the Bard Meridian Filter failure rate is between 21% and 31.7%. A study published on JVIR includes nearly 550 people with these IVC filters reveals that filter fracture occurred in 12% of patients, and embolization occurred in 13%. Doctors were able to remove fractured components in only half of patients. A study done in 2012 concludes that 40 percent of implanted Meridian IVC filters would fracture within 5.5 years. The study reveals that Meridian Filter linked to at least 27 deaths and hundreds of non- disastrous injuries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to the physician stating them that there was number of complications patients suffering from after implanting a IVC filter such as puncturing of the vena cava, device migration, filter perforation, filter fracture, and detached device components.

This FDA warning about Bard IVC Filters was issued in August 2010. Since that time, the FDA has received at least At least 900 adverse event reports about potentially defective Bard IVC filters. In July 2015 the FDA sent a letter to Bard for illegally marketing and manufacturing a design defective device. If you or somebody you know was injured or suffered complications or death from any of Bard IVC Filters, you should contact for a free case consultation. All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire our IVC filter attorneys unless we win your case. The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits.



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