July 28, 2015 — The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will hear oral arguments on whether to centralize more than 100 lawsuits involving IVC filters made by C.R. Bard.
A motion (PDF) to consolidate the lawsuits in Texas or Nevada was filed on May 18 by lawyers from a dozen firms representing plaintiffs in 22 different federal courts. They said hundreds of additional lawsuits are likely to be filed. According to attorneys:
“Recent studies … have shown that the filters have no efficacy. In fact, the filters have been shown to double the risk of pulmonary embolism, the very condition which they are intended to prevent.”
Last October, the JPML centralized dozens of similar lawsuits involving IVC filters made by Cook Medical in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, under Judge Richard L. Young. In an update (PDF) posted July 15, there were 102 lawsuits pending.
C.R. Bard manufactures several retrievable filters, including the Recovery, G2, and G2 Express IVC filters. In 2012, a study found an overall fracture rate of 12%, but only 54% of fractured components could be successfully retrieved.
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are cage-like wire devices that are implanted in a patient’s body to catch blood clots before they enter the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. In recent years, retrievable filters have been linked to high rates of fracture, migration, perforation of the vena cava, organ damage, and more.
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