NBC News recently had a troubling story about Recovery blood clot filters, saying that government data has linked the implants to at least 27 deaths.
According to the news outlet, the devices were implanted in thousands of Americans to stop blood clots from reaching major organs. The device is described as a “spider-shaped apparatus” and was manufactured by C.R. Bard, a New Jersey company, from 2003 to 2005, until it was replaced with a newer version.
In addition to the 27 deaths, data shows that approximately 300 other non-fatal problems have also been linked to the device.
NBC News interviewed one victim, 45, who received the device following a serious car accident. She said that the device nearly killed her, as she passed out and had to be taken to a hospital following its insertion. She said that testing later revealed that a piece of the filter broke off and pierced her heart. Luckily, surgeons caught the issue quickly and were able to remove the broken piece of the filter from her body.
Bard issued a statement following the release of the NBC News report saying that the filters were “appropriately cleared by [the U.S. Food and Drug Administration] based on required and accurate documentation” and that when used as instructed, “they demonstrate significant benefits to patients.”
However, the news outlet reported that it took multiple attempts for the FDA to clear the product for consumer use.
You Can Hold a Defective Medical Device Manufacturer Liable
It is sad that thousands of Americans may have had a defective medical device implanted in them. Manufacturers have a duty to make sure products are safe before they are sold. This should be done through rigorous testing and government clearance.
If a defective medical device has harmed you, speak to our Atlantic City injury attorney. To see how our firm has helped injury victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page.
You may be able to enter into a class action case or a settlement program with a defective medical device manufacturer.
Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys