C.R. Bard has sold the Eclipse IVC filter since 2010. It is a retrievable filter that is nearly identical to the Bard G2 Express, which has been linked to a high rate of fracture, migration, embolization, and other life-threatening health complications.
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UPDATE: Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in Misssissippi
May 31, 2016 — A woman from Mississippi who was injured by an Eclipse® Vena Cava Filter has filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) against C.R. Bard in the U.S. District Court for Arizona, Case No. 2:16-cv-01681, In re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation. Click here to read more.
Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Information
C.R. Bard manufactures the Eclipse Vena Cava Filter, a medical devices that is implanted in a patient’s inferior vena cava (IVC) to protect them from pulmonary embolism (blood cots in the lungs). The Eclipse IVC filter is identical to the Bard G2X IVC filter, but the Eclipse has an electropolished finish that creates an ultra-smooth surface. It has been sold in the United States since 2010.
Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Fracture
Like the G2X filter, the Eclipse is designed with thin wire legs (called “struts”) arranged in a cone-shape. Filter fracture occurs when a strut breaks. In 2012, a study linked the Bard Recovery, G2, and G2 Express IVC filters with a 12% fracture-rate. In 13% of cases, embolization occurred when fractured pieces of the filter traveled in the body.
Conclusions were based on data from 548 people from 2004-2010. During this time, the Eclipse was not on the market. However, it is nearly identical to the Bard G2 Express. Unfortunately, removing pieces of a broken IVC filter is often extremely difficult and dangerous — especially when pieces get stuck in the heart. In some cases, the risks of removing a fractured filter or strut outweigh the benefits.
What is the problem?
The Eclipse is a retrievable IVC filter, which means it is only intended for short-term protection against blood clots. As soon as a patient is not at risk of blood clots, the IVC afilter should be removed. The longer it remains in a patient’s body, the higher the risk of complications.
In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Warning for retrievable IVC filters:
“The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.”
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