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Woman Files Lawsuit Against Makers of Option IVC Filter

A woman from Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit against Argon Medical Devices and Rex Medical, L.P. over their Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter.

Julie M. filed the suit in Pennsylvania on February 1, 2018 and is seeking compensation for injuries related to the faulty IVC filter.

The device, which is supposed to be retrievable, became embedded in her inferior vena cava and tilted.

The plaintiff had the filter implanted in her vein to help catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism.

The woman had the filter implanted at Umass Memorial Medical Center in 2015. In 2016, she underwent surgery again in an attempt to remove the filter, but the procedure was not successful.

Argon Medical Devices and Rex Medical are being accused of failure to warn patients about the severe side effects, negligence, misrepresentation of risks, and manufacturing and selling a faulty medical device.

Rex Medical and other manufacturers of IVC filters, including C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, are facing more than 7,000 lawsuits in state and federal courtrooms across the country.

On January 20, 2018, a man from New Jersey filed a lawsuit in the U.S District Court of the District of Arizona against C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. over a faulty Meridian IVC filter.

The man, Saad S., had the device implanted in November 2013 with the intention of preventing a pulmonary embolism. The IVC filter instead caused severe injuries.

The lawsuit accuses C.R. Bard of manufacturing defect, strict products liability, design defect, failure to warn, negligent manufacturing, negligent design, fraudulent misrepresentation, punitive damages, fraudulent concealment, and breach of implied and express warranty.

C.R. Bard is facing more than 3,000 lawsuits over its IVC filters in the state of Arizona alone.

Cook Medical faces yet another lawsuit over its Gunther Tulip IVC filter. A woman from Missouri filed the suit in Indiana.

Cook is accused of failure to warn, design defects, negligence, fraudulent concealment, punitive damages, and breach of express and implied warranty.