CR Bard Sued Over Faulty Filters
C.R. Bard Inc. was sued in two class action lawsuits claiming the company attempted to hide the health risks linked to its blood vessel filters.
The product liability lawsuits claim that Bard widely distributed the devices, which are used to filter blood clots before they travel to the lungs or heart, before finding out in 2003 that they may fracture or break apart and cause damage to organs and other tissue, according to Law360 (subscription required).
The three types of filters identified in the complaints are the Recovery Filter System, which was approved by the FDA in 2002, the G2 Express, which was available on the market in 2008, and the G2 Filter, which was approved in 2005, according to Law360.
“At no time did the defendants advise the medical community or the public that the reason they were phasing out the G2 and G2 Express because of filter failure due to lack of electro-polishing of the devices,” the plaintiffs stated in their lawsuit. “Rather, the defendants deceptively told customers that the new device was because of continued product improvements.”
The complaint seeks to represent patients who received the Recovery, G2 and G2 Express filters and insists that Bard pay for medical monitoring and other damages resulting from the allegedly faulty medical devices, according to Law360.
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