Dangerous Blood-Clot Filter Implanted in Thousands: AN NBC News Investigation
If you’ve tuned into NBC Nightly News recently, you’ve probably seen the investigation into the Recovery blood-clot filter. To watch the first part of the ongoing investigation, watch the video embedded below:
The Recovery is a one-and-a-half-inch metal trap by C. R. Bard that was designed to sit inside the vena cava and block blood clots from traveling to the heart or lungs, where they could be deadly.
According to this NBC News investigation, a regulatory specialist was recruited by C. R. Bard to help secure FDA clearance for its Recovery blood clot filter. The regulatory specialist admitted to having serious concerns about the product and eventually resigned from Bard.
As reports of deaths and injuries continued to emerge, Bard did not recall the Recovery and sold thousands of filters up until 2005. According to NBC, there were more than 34,000 sold and more than 20,000 people still have the Recovery implanted.
If you or a loved one has had a retrievable inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) implanted, it’s important to be aware of the effects and your rights. It’s truly heartbreaking to hear about the thousands of victims affected by Bard’s filter, and we will continue to share important news involving these claims.
You can learn more about these topics by visiting our website and to view the investigation on NBC, click here.