NBC News Reports on the Risks of C.R. Bard's G2 Filters

Over the last year, NBC News has continued to report on the risks associated with the IVC blood clot filters manufactured by C.R. Bard. In their latest story, NBC News discusses concerns over the company’s G2 series filters—which were designed to replace their original model, the Recovery. Confidential company records indicate that the company was concerned about failures in its G2 series filters just four months after they were cleared to sell these filters by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

While the G2 filter was supposed to solve the problems presented by C.R. Bard’s Recovery filters—which have been associated with at least 27 deaths and hundreds of complications—the new device has continued to present similar problems. To date, the G2 filters have been associated with at least 12 deaths. Instead of making the decision to recall their G2 filters, the company allowed these dangerous medical devices to stay on the market for five years. By 2010, more than 160,000 filters had been sold.

Before C.R. Bard replaced their Recovery filter with the G2 filter in 2005, a confidential study had been conducted on the device by an outside doctor. The study concluded that “the Recovery filter had higher rates of relative risk for death, filter fracture and movement than all of its competitors.” Even so, this did not result in a recall. After the device had been on the market for three years, it was simply replaced with the G2 filter. However, as evidence shows, the G2 series did not solve the filter’s problems.

NBC News obtained confidential company records from C.R. Bard showing that the company had expressed concerns about problems with the new device back in 2005—just a few months after the G2 filter had been cleared by the FDA. In a confidential memo written by one of the company’s vice presidents, concerns were raised about problems with migration, tilting, and perforation. Over the next five years, the G2 filter resulted in more fractures and migrations than any of its competitors.

Have You Been Injured By an IVC Filter?

If you or someone you love has suffered complications as a result of a defective IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation. The Atlanta IVC filter attorneys at Schneider Hammers are available to review your case during a free consultation, so please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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