It would not be the first time a medical device wound up causing the same problems it was designed to prevent. Case in point: inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, which are now causing deep vein thrombosis - a condition they were designed to prevent.
NBC News Asked the Important Question: Why Did Bard Continue Selling a Dangerously Defective Medical Device?
NBC News may be a bit behind the curve, but at least the question has now been posed to the general public. Medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard continued to market and sell a product that was known to be defective, resulting in nearly 30 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries. Furthermore, there is strong evidence that Bard was willing to commit criminal fraud in order to keep the product on the market. The question now being asked is: why?
More than 20 suits alleging injury resulting from the use of C.R. Bard Inc.’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter have been consolidated before a federal judge in Phoenix, Ariz.
The filter, a spider-like wire device, is inserted into the vena cava of a cardiac patient at high risk of pulmonary embolism. It is meant to be a temporary solution until the risk of an embolism has been mitigated.