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.
Neutrospec is an imaging agent that was formerly approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used to diagnose appendicitis.
After reports of life-threatening adverse events and even a small number of deaths, the makers of Neutrospec gave in to pressures to withdraw this product from the market. It was deemed unsafe after it was determined to be related to a number of serious side effects. This decision was also made in light of the fact that there are other means to diagnose appendicitis that do not carry such serious risks.
The serious adverse events included cardiopulmonary failure, central nervous system reactions, and infusion reactions. These reactions occurred within minutes after the drugs was injected. Some of the patients had to be admitted to intensive care. Some of the patients did have some underlying cardiac or lung conditions that could have placed them at risk for an event, but the nature and range of the adverse events indicates Neutrospec was somehow at fault. The mechanism by which the drug was related to the side effects is unclear.
If you or a loved one received a Neutrospec injection and experienced side effects, contact our office today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.