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Bard IVC Filters

A recent NBC new story raised serious questions about the safety of Bard IVC filters. The NBC story reports on two compelling and tragic stories of Bard IVC filters fracturing or dislodging and traveling into the patient’s heart. In one case the Bard IVC filter fractured, traveled to the heart, and forced the patient to undergo emergency open heart surgery. In another case, a blood clot dislodged the Bard IVC filter which led to a puncture of the heart and death. Blood clots are exactly what the Bard IVC filter is implanted to capture and protect the patient from. More troubling, the report points to sources and documents that show  that rather than fix the Barc IVC filter or remove the Bard IVC filter from market, CD Bard brought in outside consultants such as a “high powered public relations firm.”


Recently 22 Bard IVC filter cases filed in various federal courts across the country were transferred to the United States District Court in Arizona for multi-district litigation (MDL). The presiding judge is the Honorable David Campbell. An MDL is not the same as a class action, but it is similar in that it combines similar Bard IVC filter cases for discovery purposes because most cases have similar legal questions that need to be answered. These include: Were IVC Bard filters defectively designed? Were the Bard IVC filters appropriately tested before they were put on the market?  Were physicians appropriately warned of the risks and benefits of Bard IVC filter implantation? How did the company respond to reported adverse events such as Bard IVC filter fractures and migrations such as were discussed in the NBC news story? The Arizona MDL will allow discovery on these issues and will likely oversee a number of cases tried before an Arizona jury to assess the company’s liability and damages to injured plaintiffs. These trials are known as “bellwether trials.”

Perdue & Kidd has successfully litigated, tried, and won cases against pharmaceutical and medical device companies both within MDLs and on an individual basis. If you or a family member have been injured by a Bard IVC filter call the medical device attorneys at Perdue & Kidd for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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