Recently, NBC News had an alarming report about blood clot filters, which have been linked to defects, saying that thousands of Americans may have had the devices implanted in them.
The news outlet investigated government data and discovered that approximately 300 non-fatal injuries and 27 deaths have been linked to Recovery filters, which are blood clot devices that are shaped like a spider and inserted into the largest vein of a person’s body to reduce clot risks.
C.R. Bard sold the devices for three years about a decade ago, and then a newer model replaced them.
During its investigation, one woman told NBC News that she nearly died after she received a Recovery implant following a car accident in 2004. Her doctors discovered that a piece of the device broke off inside of her and began to pierce her heart.
The news outlet also talked to a man whose mother needed a filter following a brain aneurysm in 2004. She died about a week after it was implanted. An autopsy found that instead of filtering blood clots, a clot pushed the Recovery device into her heart.
NBC News reported that Bard hired a public relations firm when news came out about complications regarding Recovery devices, as it worried that bad press over the devices could “damage stock prices and ruin reputations.”
It should be noted that the device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but only after several attempts by Bard to complete the process.
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