Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

IVC Filter Manufacturer Continued to Sell Product Despite Knowing of Risks

Published on Jan 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm in Product Liability.

A medical device, the IVC filter, designed to stop blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs, has been associated with 27 deaths and hundreds of more problems in its patients.  The product manufacturer, C.R. Bard, was notified of potential problems before mass distribution even began, but continued to sell them.

In 2002, C.R. Bard began selling a device called Recovery.  Despite receiving clearance from the Food and Drug Administration, reports of deaths and injuries rose steadily along with sales.  A study commissioned by Bard showed that “the Recovery filter had higher rates of relative risk for deah, filter fracture and movement than all of its competitors.”  It was replaced in 2005 by the G2 and even later by the G2 Express, but neither of these solved the aforementioned problems.

The warnings about these devices were widespread and numerous.  First, Kay Fuller, a veteran regulatory specialist who was consigned to help the Recovery get FDA approved, had serious concerns about the device.  Once she voiced them, she said, her concerns were swept under the rug.  She refused to sign the application, she said, yet the application shows her signature.  Second, Dr. William Kuo, a interventional radiologist at Stanford Health Care’s IVC Filter Clinic that specializes in removing failed blood clot filters, has serious problem with the devices.  “All of the data that we’ve seen in our own studies, as well as other clinician researchers’, is that this device consistently fractures, consistently causes major complications,” Kuo said.  “The number of complications, the frequency of severe failures makes it obvious that it was never safe to be implanted.”  He also notes that of the estimated 1,000 failed filters he has removed, more of them were made by Bard than any other company.

Just a few of the incidents of filter failure are as follows: Gloria Adams, a 55 year old mother had a brain aneurysm in 2004.  Less than a week after her filter was implanted, a clot pushed the entire device into her heart and punctured it.  Dodi Froehlich, 45, had to get a filter after a car accident in 2004.  Four months after getting it the passed out when a piece of the filter broke off and pierced her heart.  Unlike Adams she was fortunate enough to survive.  Chris Svedise, a 69-year-old manager of a fish company had a G2 Express filter implanted for blood clots.  During emergency surgery Dr. Kuo discovered three of the legs had broken off and traveled to Svedise’s lungs, and two more came off during the surgery.

In 2010 and 2014, the FDA did recommend that doctors remove filters as soon as they aren’t necessary, but never went as far as to recall these sometimes faulty devices.  It’s currently estimated there are still more than 20,000 people walking around with these filters inside them.  A large clinical study has begun to examine the safety and effectiveness of such filters. However the five-year study may not end early enough to help any of the millions of people with blood clot filters in America currently.


For more information on Kentucky IVC Filter lawsuits click here.

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

Federal Judge Rules Wrongful Death Claims Against Monsanto as Time-Barred

As Bayer announces wanting to keep Roundup on the market for the foreseeable future without adding a warning about the potential cancer risk, a judge in Georgia has ruled a wrongful death claim against Monsanto as time-barred. This ruling, along with Monsanto’s settlement, could affect future cases. To understand why, let’s start by taking a […]

Read More

Car Accident Soreness: What to Expect in the Weeks After a Crash

The moments following a car accident are filled with adrenaline, so much so that even if you’re injured, you may not experience pain. But as your body adjusts and your brain’s chemicals return to their normal state, the pain is likely to start. So even if you seek medical attention and have your injuries treated, […]

Read More

Multi-Vehicle Accidents: Who Pays for Chain Reaction Crashes?

You’re driving down the road on your way to work in heavy traffic. Everything seems standard for your morning commute until you’re sideswiped by a passing vehicle and subsequently rear-ended by the car behind you when you brake. Emergency responders arrive at the scene, and you’re treated for your injuries and told to follow up […]

Read More