IVC Filter Lawsuit Attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comment on NBC News Investigation of C.R. Bard's G2 Retrievable IVC Filter
Among other things, the NBC News investigation uncovered a confidential memo written by a Bard vice president in December 2005 that expressed concerns about problems with migration, tilting, and perforation. Another document that included data through 2010 indicated that G2 series filters were associated with more fractures, migrations and reported problems than any of its competitors. Rather than issuing a recall of the G2 IVC filters, C.R. Bard sold more than 160,000 of the devices in the five years they were on the market.
"The NBC News report is disturbing, especially in light of the growing number of IVC filter lawsuits involving C.R. Bard's G2 and Recovery filters. Many of the injuries detailed by NBC News echo allegations put forth in these claims," says Sandy A. Liebhard LLP, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently evaluating product liability lawsuits on behalf of individuals who may have been harmed by C.R. Bard's IVC filters.
Bard IVC Filter Controversy
IVC filters, such as the G2 and Recovery devices, are used to prevent pulmonary embolism in patients for whom standard anticoagulant medications are not appropriate. The small, wire implants are implanted in the inferior vena cava, the body's largest blood vessel, where they catch blood clots before they can travel to the heart and lungs.
When the devices were brought to market in 2005, C.R. Bard touted its G2 IVC filter products as an improvement over its Recovery IVC filters. According to an earlier NBC News investigation that aired in September, the Recovery filter had been associated with more than 300 non-fatal injuries and 27 deaths before it was replaced with the G2 series. Among other things, the report disclosed a confidential study commissioned by Bard in 2004 which linked the Recovery IVC filter to higher rates of death, fracture and movement compared to its competitors. Like the G2, Bard opted not to recall the Recovery filter, and instead allowed it to remain on the market for three years. Roughly 34,000 devices were sold during that period.
Court records indicate that at least 72 Bard IVC filter lawsuits involving the G2 and Recovery products are now pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. Among other things, plaintiffs claim that Bard was aware that the Recovery and G2 IVC filters were associated with high rates of fracture, migration and tilting, which may result in perforation of the inferior vena cava, embolization and other life-threatening complications. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641)
Individuals who allegedly experienced serious complications due to C.R. Bard's Recovery and G2 IVC filters may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about filing a C.R. Bard IVC filter lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. Free, no-obligation legal consultations can also be obtained by calling 800-511-5092.
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Sandy A. Liebhard, Esq.
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