IVC Filter Manufacturers
C.R. Bard was established in 1907 by Charles Russell Bard. They originally focused on treating urinary discomfort, but later expanded to include vascular, oncological, urological and surgical care. While the company has created numerous successful products, it’s reputation has been tarnished in recent years. In 1993, the company plead guilty to 391 criminal charges in a medical fraud case regarding faulty heart catheters.
Cook Medical has been manufacturing minimally invasive medical devices since it was established in 1963. In the 1970’s, it experienced remarkable growth and expanded from it’s headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana to Europe and Asia. In September of 2014, Carl Cook, CEO of Cook Medical, ranked 86th on Forbes 400 list, boasting a net worth of $6 billion.
Cordis (Johnson & Johnson)
Cordis is a medical device corporation and leader in the development and manufacture of interventional vascular technology, partnering with experts worldwide to treat millions of patients who suffer from vascular disease. The business has operations in more than 50 countries, with an extensive research and development network and a global commercial footprint. In 1996, Cordis joined the Johnson & Johnson interventional business called “Johnson & Johnson Intervention Systems (JJIS)” to form Cordis Corporation.
Johnson & Johnson is the eighth largest pharmaceutical company and the world’s largest seller of health care products. While remaining wildly successful, the company has been associated with numerous scandals over the years, including the recall of 31 million bottles of Tylenol in 1982.
IVC filters have been under increased scrutiny due to risks of fracture or failure, as well as malfunctions that may result in death or serious injuries requiring corrective surgeries. The FDA issued a safety alert warning that it has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters since 2005.
This medical device has been shown to shift or turn their position, break and puncture veins and/or migrate to other parts of the body where they can cause harm. IVC filters, which are manufactured by C.R. Bard, Cook Medical and Cordis (Johnson & Johnson) was recalled in 2013, and have been linked to nearly 30 deaths and approximately 300 injuries from 2005 to 2015.
IVC filter lawsuits are currently being filed, alleging that IVC filters were defective and dangerous. Some lawsuits also allege that the manufacturer failed to properly warn the public of the products’ potentially serious side effects and risks. There are currently more than 100 lawsuits pending in 11 districts throughout the country. These have been consolidated to an Multi-District Litigaion (MDL) in the Southern District of Indiana.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered because of an IVC filter, or have been injured, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Recovery may include compensations for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of wages. To find out if you have a claim, please call Avram Blair & Associates, P.C. toll-free at (800) 679-3816 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.