NBC Nightly News Reports on Deadly IVC Filters

Last night, NBC Nightly News aired the first part of a two-part investigation on CR Bard’s dangerous IVC filter device. The IVC blood clot filter, also called The Recovery, is a wire metal trap placed inside of the largest vein in the body. Its purpose is to prevent blood clots from travelling to the heart and lungs, where they could become fatal.

Approximately a quarter of a million patients are implanted with IVC blood clot filters each year. Currently, 11 companies sell them in the US, but medical device manufacturer CR Bard’s product stood out early as a risky and dangerous device. Bard’s device had higher risk of fatality, device fracture, and device movement than any other brand. So far, the filters have been responsible for at least 27 deaths and over 300 reported problems.

Did Bard Hide Information from the Public?

Bard responded to allegations that their medical device was unsafe by hiring a public relations firm, which circulated a “crisis management plan” warning that unfavorable press would lead to damaged stock prices and ruined relations. Bard then hired a doctor to conduct a confidential study on the safety of the device. After the investigation, the doctor performing the study agreed that the device was flawed and that further investigation was “urgently warranted.”

Despite these findings, even as reports of deaths and complications from the device climbed, CR Bard did not recall the product and continued to sell 34,000 more IVC filters for nearly 3 years before finally releasing a modified version under a new name. These actions have left doctors and patients wondering if CR Bard knew it had a potentially fatal product and wilfully withheld that information from the public. CR Bard officials, including President John Weiland, have declined to comment on the issue and maintain that their device had been appropriately cleared by FDA.

This raises serious questions about whether the FDA is doing its job to protect patients. The FDA has also declined any interviews with NBC, but said in a statement that it is “committed to ensuring that patients have access to safe and effective medical devices… and have established pathways and guidelines to protect the public health.”

Be sure to tune in to NBC Nightly News tonight for the conclusion of the investigation.

Help for Patients Injured by Dangerous Medical Devices

Thousands of people have suffered as a result of dangerously flawed medical devices. If you or a loved one have been injured by an IVC filter or any other defective medical device, Schneider Hammers may be able to help. For a free consultation with a firm you can count on, please call the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Schneider Hammers at (770) 884-4626.

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