June 1, 2016 — A man from Texas who was injured by a vena cava filter has filed a federal lawsuit against Cook Medical.
The plaintiff, Parker Thompson, was implanted with a Günther Tulip IVC filter in July 2005 at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. The lawsuit was filed on May 31, 2016 (Case No. 1:16-cv-01337) in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570).
It will be overseen by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis Division) — In Re: Cook Medical Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
Nearly 400 lawsuits have been centralized in Indiana since the consolidated litigation was created — many by Dallas-based attorney Ben Martin, who told the International Business Times:
“There are probably tens of thousands of people that are walking around with a perforated vena cava and have absolutely no idea. You’ve got a massive public health risk in the United States.”
The Günther Tulip is a removable filter that catches blood clots before they cause a pulmonary embolism. It is implanted in a major blood vessel called the inferior vena cava (IVC).
In 2010, the FDA recommended removing IVC filters as soon as the patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism subsided. The longer the filters remain implanted, the higher the risk of complications.
In April 2012, a study analyzed outcomes for 50 people who were implanted with a Günther Tulip or Cook Celect IVC filter. After 2.5 months, 40% of the filters were tilted, 86% of patients had a perforation through the vena cava, all of the filters showed some degree of perforation.
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