Bard Recovery IVC Filter Class Action LawsuitThe results of a year-long investigation into medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard and its Recovery Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter was recently aired in a 2-part report on NBC Nightly News.

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Recovery Filter May Have ‘Fatal Flaw’

Part One of the report covered alleged defects in Bard’s Recovery Filter, which has been linked to at least 27 deaths and 300 non-fatal complications. A confidential scientific study, obtained by NBC, indicated that the Recovery had higher rates of fracture, migration and death than any other IVC filter on the market.

IVC Filter Complications

The NBC report outlined several cases in which legs or “struts” of the Recovery filter broke off and traveled to other parts of patients’ bodies. One patient experienced a strut being pushed into her heart by a blood clot, puncturing her heart. Bard sold about 34,000 Recovery IVC filters until 2005 when the device was replaced by the G2 filter, which is still on the market today.

How Blood Clot Filters Work

Permanent IVC filters have been used for decades to prevent blood clots in patients who are unable to take blood thinners. The cone-shaped devices are inserted into the inferior vena cava — the largest vein in the human body — to catch blood clots before they reach the heart and lungs. The Bard Recovery IVC Filter was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002.

How is the Recovery Filter Different?

The Recovery IVC filter is different than competing models in that it was designed with 12 spider-like struts protruding from the top of the device. FDA rejected Bard’s first application to sell the filter, so the company hired regulatory specialist Kim Fuller to assist them in getting clearance.

Investigation Reveals Forged Signature Used to Approve IVC Filter

In Part 2 of the NBC report, Fuller told reporters that she had serious safety concerns about the Recovery filter, and complained to Bard that it was withholding safety data from her. Fuller claims she was essentially told that if she continued to voice her concerns, she could leave the team. So that’s what she did – Fuller resigned from Bard and reported her concerns to the FDA.

NBC showed Fuller the Bard FDA application which contained her signature. She said she never signed the document, and that it was not her signature. FDA and Bard declined to be interviewed for the report, but Bard issued a statement calling any suggestion that Bard forged approval documents as “flatly untrue”.

Do I Have a Bard IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit?

The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IVC Filter Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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