For those of you who are only just tuning in to the problems with IVC filters, we’ll give you a quick rundown (before we dive into the update). C.R. Bard is a New Jersey-based medical device manufacturer. They are a giant in their industry, and until recent years, were a trusted source of medical devices for healthcare providers across the country. Bard is one of 11 manufacturers who make inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, and while the majority of filters are implanted without issue, those produced by Bard have caused nothing but problems over the years.
Bard’s “recovery” filter was given FDA clearance in 2002, and it didn’t take long for the troublesome reports to begin rolling in. According to NBC:
A confidential study commissioned by Bard showed that the Recovery filter had higher rates of relative risk for death, filter fracture and movement than all of its competitors. An outside doctor hired to conduct the study wrote that "further investigation…is urgently warranted."