Retrievable IVC Filter Medical Device Attorneys in Albany and Upstate New York

IVC FilterRetrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are designed to catch blood clots in patients before they reach the heart, lungs, and brain. The IVC filter is a device made of very small wires that are supposed to stop dangerous blood clots from migrating further in the blood stream. IVC filters are implanted by surgeons and are typically used as a last resort for patients who cannot take blood thinners such as Coumadin to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism.

Filters have been around since the late 1960s and were originally designed as permanent, non-removable implants. In 2003 and 2004, the first retrievable IVC Filters entered the marketplace. Several companies manufacture retrievable IVC filters, however, the most prominent are C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Their products which account for the vast majority of the market share include:

  • The Bard Recovery filter
  • The Bard G2 filter
  • The Bard G2 Express filter
  • The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
  • The Cook Celect filter

Retrievable IVC Filter Complications

Retrievable/temporary IVC filters have been gaining popularity, but, there have been many more complications with the temporary retrievable filters as compared to the permanent ones. Complications for the retrievable IVC filters include:

  • Fracture
  • Migration
  • Erosion
  • Perforation of internal organs
  • Damage to heart, lungs, inferior vena cava
  • Embedment
  • Internal bleeding
  • Pulmonary Embolism/DVT
  • Stroke

Multi District Litigation

In October 2014, many lawsuits involving Cook Medical IVC filters were centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. On August 18, 2015, lawsuits involving C.R. Bard IVC filters were centralized into an MDL (No. 2641) in Arizona and assigned to U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell.

Multi-District Litigation involves the consolidation of lawsuits for the purposes of conducting discovery in an efficient manner - but each case remains its own. In that way, MDL litigation is separate and distinct from what is known as "class-action" lawsuits. The attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP have successfully prosecuted both MDL and class action cases for persons in the Upstate New York community -- Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Utica, and here in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area of the Capitol District and Hudson Valley.

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