October 1, 2015 — A woman whose husband died from injuries linked to an IVC filter has filed a lawsuit in Missouri.
The plaintiff, Catherine Rowden, filed her lawsuit (PDF) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on September 28 against the manufacturer of the filter, C.R. Bard.
The plaintiff’s husband, Johnny Rowden, was implanted with a G2 filter in November 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri. Unfortunately, the filter tilted and perforated his vena cava, substantially reducing its ability to prevent pulmonary embolisms. Six years later, in September 2012, Mr. Rowden died after the filter failed to prevent blood clots from reaching his heart and lungs.
The G2 is a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that is designed to be removed as soon as the patient is no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism.
According to the FDA, the risk-benefit profile favors removing filters 29-54 days after implantation. However, many patients — Mr. Rowden included — end up needing the filters permanently.
The safety of permanent filters like the Greenfield has been established over decades of use. However, as newer retrievable filters have boomed in popularity, so have concerns about safety. In 2011, a study warned that tilting of the G2 filter was the most common problem affecting retrieval. In 2010, another study linked the G2 with a 12% fracture-rate and warned about “high prevalences of fracture and embolization.”
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