June 2, 2016 — A man from Minnesota who was injured by a vena cava filter that was pulled off the market in 2005 has filed a lawsuit against its manufacturer, C.R. Bard.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Jackson Benson, a man who was implanted with the filter in February 2004 (Case No. 2:16-cv-0685).
The Bard Recovery was withdrawn from the market in 2005, but never officially recalled. It was advertised as more fracture-resistant, but studies have found the opposite.
In 2012, a study involving 363 people implanted with the Recovery found that 40% of the filters fractured within 5.5 years. The earliest fracture occurred 4 months after implantation. In eight cases, broken pieces of the filter migrated to the lungs, heart, or kidneys.
In another study from 2010, researchers warned “The Bard Recovery and Bard G2 filters had high prevalences of fracture and embolization, with potentially life-threatening sequelae.”
The FDA recommends removing temporary IVC filters within 29-54 days after implantation. The longer they remain implanted, the higher the risk of complications.
C.R. Bard is currently facing over 500 lawsuits involving the Recovery and G2 vena cava filters. The lawsuits are centralized in the U.S. District Court for Arizona under Judge David G. Campbell (MDL No. 2641).
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