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Canada Issues IVC Filter Warning After Numerous Reports of Complications

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At the end of last month, Health Canada issued an updated IVC filter warning for physicians and patients.

After receiving 121 reports of severe problems associated with IVC filters as of June 6, the Canadian government’s public health department released updated information regarding the safety of these devices.

IVC Filter Warning: Blood Clot Filters Can Cause Harm

IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are tiny, spider-like wire filters used to prevent pulmonary embolism by catching blood clots that travel from the legs toward the lungs. Unfortunately, the FDA has received over 900 reports of complications. IVC filters can break apart, sending small metal fragments throughout the body. This can result in serious injury or death.

The longer the IVC filter remains in place, the greater the risk of complication. Retrievable IVC filters are intended for short-term use. Therefore, if the risk of pulmonary embolism subsidies, or if the patient can begin anticoagulation treatment, the filter should be removed.

Additionally, Health Canada recommends:

  • Physicians weigh the risks associated with IVC filters before recommending them for patients
  • Hospitals identify all patients who have a retrievable IVC filter and evaluate them for removal
  • Patients talk to their doctors about what kind of filter they have, and whether it should be removed

The FDA issued similar warnings in 2014, and lawsuits against the makers of certain IVC filters began earlier this year. Health Canada’s warning indicates that public health officials will continue to monitor the safety and use of IVC filters worldwide.

Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is currently reviewing IVC filter lawsuit claims.  If you or someone you love had a blood clot filter implanted and suffered from complications, contact us for a free consultation. Our product liability lawyers will answer your questions and help you determine the next steps to take. We do not charge a fee unless we win on your behalf.

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