Argon Medical Devices manufactures the Option™ ELITE IVC Filter. Unfortunately, it has been linked to life-threatening side effects that may require hospitalization or surgery.
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The Option™ Elite is a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that is designed and manufactured by Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices Inc. In January 2014, the FDA approved a new over-the-wire delivery technique that improves safety and allows for better centering of the filter within the vena cava.
Option IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed in Texas
Argon Medical Devices is facing a growing number of lawsuits from people who were injured by the Option ELITE. One lawsuit (PDF) was filed in Dallas County Circuit Court in August 2016, by a man who has the filter permanently embedded in his vena cava because it cannot be removed safely.
In October 2016, another lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a woman with an Option IVC Filter permanently embedded in her body. Doctors discovered that the filter tilted and punctured through her vena cava, where it cannot be removed without causing more serious health problems. As a result, she suffers from blood clots, chronic pain, and circulation problems. According to the lawsuit
“As long as the Option filter remains embedded in her vena cava, Plaintiff is at risk for further thrombosis and future filter fractures, migrations and perforations and tilting. She faces numerous health risks, including the risk of death.”
1st Clinical Trial Underway to Study Safety Risks
In December 2015, researchers began enrolling patients in the PRESERVE clinical trial, which will evaluate the safety of many types of retrievable filters. The study will include thousands of patients, including at least 300 with the Option™ Elite.
FDA Safety Warnings & Recommendation
In August 2010, the FDA warned that retrievable IVC filters had been linked to nearly 1,000 adverse events since 2005, including filters that fractured, migrated, or perforated the vena cava. In many cases, the patients were injured after a retrievable filter was left implanted for years — long after they were no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism. In May 2014, the FDA recommended removing IVC filters between 29 and 54 days after implantation, so long as a patient was no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism.
Vena Cava Filter Safety Risks
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Embolization of broken pieces
- Vena cava perforation
- Migration to the heart or lungs
- Bleeding or hematoma
- Chronic pain
- Pulmonary embolism
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Kidney failure
- Stroke, cerebrovascular accident, or neurologic event
The Option ELITE is made of nitinol (nickel-titanium alloy) and patients who are allergic to metal could have sensitivity reactions. When serious complications occur, patients may need surgical repair or intervention. Internal bleeding may require transfusions or intravenous fluid and medications. Infections may also require antibiotics and surgical drainage. In some cases, broken filters can’t be safely removed from a patient.
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