An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Fenfluramine/Phentermine, commonly called Fen-Phen, is a powerful diet drug that was taken by millions of Americans to combat obesity.
However, clinical research showed that the fenfluramine portion of the combination can cause heart disease in otherwise healthy patients.
Studies concluded that this drug could cause potentially fatal pulmonary hypertension and heart valve problems, which led to its eventually being pulled from the market.
Though efforts were made to ensure that doctors no longer prescribed this harmful substance, many people were put at risk by this powerful drug.
If you or a loved one has taken Fen-Phen and experienced serious side effects, contact us to determine whether you have a personal injury claim.