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In August 2010, the FDA issued its first safety alert about retrievable IVC filters. The devices were not always removed after the initial blood clot concern was resolved. Since 2005, the FDA had received 921 IVC filter complaints; after the public warning, injured patients started to file IVC filter lawsuits against Cook Medical Inc. and C.R. Bard.
These cases cite the lack of proper warnings from manufacturers regarding the increased risks of health complications. The blood clot filter lawsuits also claim that C.R. Bard kept their own research findings about the IVC filters dangers quiet. They also allege that the company forged an employee's signature on an FDA application.
The devices cited most frequently in a Bard IVC filter lawsuit include:
Other IVC filters resulting in health complications include:
Many lawsuits are pending against C.R. Bard, Cook Medical and other manufacturers of IVC filters. The IVC filter cases were consolidated under Judge Richard L. Young under multidistrict litigation (MDL 2570 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana). As of July 15, 2015, 102 IVC lawsuits were pending from 11 different districts, including some in California and Pennsylvania. Manufacturers have claimed that they are not responsible for IVC injuries because physicians decided to implant the devices and are accountable for monitoring patients. Cook's lawyers have stated that they don't have control over the use of other products, people and companies, which led to any damage