Bard Fights Back in Bellwether IVC Filter Case

According to Bard and FDA records, at least 12 deaths and hundreds of problems have been linked to the G2 series filters.

The first Bard IVC bellwether trial is set to begin on March 13, 2018. The case will help determine the fate of more than 3,000 Bard IVC filter lawsuits pending in the US District Court for the District of Arizona. Currently, the parties involved in the multidistrict litigation are involved in final pretrial motion practice.

IVC Filters Can Do More Damage Than Good

IVC stands for Inferior Vena Cava. It is a large vein connected to the heart that returns blood from the lower body. IVC filters are very small metal devices which are surgically implanted in the IVC itself in order to catch blood clots before they reach the heart and lungs. The filters look a little like spiders, with long filaments designed to capture clots on their way through the vein.

A number of IVC filter manufacturers have been the subject of mass litigation in recent years due to allegations that the filters broke off from their perch inside the IVC and traveled into other parts of the body, wreaking havoc. The filters can perforate the IVC, migrate, fracture, and perforate other veins and organs. Such eventualities can cause severe injuries to individuals who have the implants.

Bellwether Bard IVC Filter Case Involves Bard G2 Filter

The bellwether plaintiff, Sherr-Una Booker, was implanted with a Bard G2 filter in June 2007 and alleged suffered severe injuries. According to Bard and FDA records, at least 12 deaths and hundreds of problems have been linked to the G2 series filters. According to Bard and FDA records, at least 12 deaths and hundreds of problems have been linked to the G2 series filters. Seven different versions of Bard IVC filters are at issue in the pending mass district litigation – the Recovery, G2, G2 Express, G2X, Eclipse, Meridian, and Denali.

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