Texas lawyer for IVC filter side effects.July 26, 2016 — Health Canada has issued a Safety Warning about IVC filters and the risk of serious complications.

As of June 6, the agency has received 121 reports of serious complications associated with IVC filters. Many of these complications occurred with long-term use (greater than 30 days). Reported side effects include:

  • Vena cava perforation
  • Blood clots
  • Filter fracture and embolization of fragments
  • Migration to the heart
  • Heart perforation
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Death

Only two randomized controlled studies have investigated the safety of IVC filters. These studies did not show that IVC filters reduced the risk of venous blood clots or death, according to Health Canada.

The agency reminded doctors that IVC filters should only be implanted in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the leg who cannot take a blood-thinner.

Health Canada also said temporary IVC filters are only intended for short-term use and they should be removed as soon as the risk of blood clots has passed. Hospitals are encouraged to identify all patients who have a retrievable filter and develop a strategy to asses these patients for filter removal.

In the United States, thousands of people have been injured by IVC filters. Over 1,500 lawsuits are now pending against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, with the first trials scheduled for early 2017.

Products affected
IVC FilterCategoryManufacturer
ALN Vena Cava FilterRetrievableA.L.N
Denali Vena Cava FilterRetrievableBard Peripheral Vascular
G2 Filter SystemRetrievable
Simon Nitinol Vena Cava FilterPermanent
VenaTech LP Vena Cava Filter SystemPermanentB. Braun Medical
Optease Vena Cava FilterRetrievableCordis Cashel
Trapease Permanent Vena Cava FilterPermanent
Option Retrievable Vena Cava Filter SystemRetrievableREX Medical, LP
Cook Celect Platinum Vena Cava FilterRetrievableWilliam Cook, Europe APS And Cook, Inc.
Cook Celect Vena Cava FilterRetrievable
Gianturco-Roehm Birds Nest Vena Cava FilterPermanent
Gunther Tulip Vena Cava MREye Filter SetRetrievable

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