Woman Files Suit Against Rex Medical for IVC Filter Injury
Pennsylvania-based Rex Medical, LP (“Rex”) faces a lawsuit involving the company’s Option IVC filter. It is believed that this is the first blood clot filter lawsuit of its kind against Rex filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
An Ohio woman is suing Rex, claiming that its Option IVC filter malfunctioned and led to a serious injury. She said she received an Option implant in February 2013, and doctors were unable to remove the filter in March 2014. She is claiming that Rex either knew or should have known that its IVC filter was defective and caused several problems, including perforation of the vena cava, the largest vein in the body.
The suit also accuses Rex of failing to conduct proper medical testing on the Option IVC filter in order to ensure it would work safely once implanted in a patient, as well as failing to follow FDA requirements regarding quality testing.
The Latest in a Long Line
Rex joins several other companies, including C.R. Bard, Inc., Cook, Inc., and Boston Scientific Corp., that are being sued by patients alleging they were harmed due to defective IVC filters.
IVC filters are designed to trap blood clots that form in the legs before they can reach the lungs and cause a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. However, in many instances the filter has malfunctioned and led to serious health problems. For example, pieces of the metal device have broken off and become lodged in the liver, heart, lungs and other major organs.