IVC filters are put in place to reduce a person’s risk for pulmonary embolism, something that can trigger deadly consequences. It occurs when a blood clot forms and travels toward the lungs, blocking blood flow in that area.

Though IVC filters are effective for some, other users have found their filters do more harm than good. The FDA has received more than 1000 adverse event reports related to filters, causing the agency to issue a warning to doctors about the inappropriate use of filters. In 2010, the FDA warned that retrievable filters posed posted a variety of risks, and in 2014, updated safety warnings to remove temporary devices between the 29th and 54th day after implantation.

IVC Filters Update

IVC filters have been the subject of ongoing debate, and IVC filter manufacturers continue to face mounting accusations that they are responsible for injuries caused to patients. In 2014, all lawsuits filed against Cook Group Inc. at the federal level were consolidated into a single court in the Southern District of Indiana. Most recently, plaintiffs and defendants submitted a list of cases they thought suitable for bellwether trials – initial trials used to predict and guide decisions in future legal action.

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What You Need to Know about IVC Filters

IVC filters are put in place to reduce a person’s risk for pulmonary embolism, something that can trigger deadly consequences. It occurs when a blood clot forms and travels toward the lungs, blocking blood flow in that area.

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