A group of plaintiffs from both Pennsylvania and Tennessee claim that the vena cava filter is defective, according to a lawsuit. There are three plaintiffs involved in the suit, one from Philadelphia and two from Tennessee.
The lawsuit alleges that two medical device companies are manufacturing defective vena cava filters. The device is used to prevent blood clots in the lungs, also known as pulmonary embolisms.
The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 31 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. It names Argon Medical Devices, Inc. of Dallas, Texas and Rex Medical L.P. of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania as defendants.
The filter from Rex Medical L.P., the Option Vena Cava, went on the market in June of 2009 after receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The plaintiff from Philadelphia was implanted with the Option Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter, which was manufactured by Rex Medical and marketed by Argon. The plaintiff suffered a pulmonary embolism with the filter still in place and subsequently died.
One of the plaintiffs from Tennessee was implanted with the Option Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter from Rex Medical and marketed by Argon. The plaintiff is still living, but the lawsuit states that he "has or may suffer life-threatening injuries and damages and require extensive medical care and treatment, significant medical expenses, extreme pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and other losses."
The second plaintiff from Tennessee was implanted with an Option Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter from Rex Medical and marketed by Argon. The device implanted in this plaintiff has malfunctioned, but the lawsuit states the extent of the device's failure has not been provided yet by her medical team. The lawsuit states the same damages as the other Tennessee plaintiff.
All three plaintiffs in the case claim that the two companies manufactured an unsafe and defective product negligently and provided no warning of serious side effects to consumers.
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Source: Penn Record, "Pennsylvania, Tennessee plaintiffs allege defendants' vena cava filter is defective," Nicholas Malfitano, Feb. 13, 2017