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.
Vioxx (rofecoxib) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that was prescribed and marketed for osteoarthritis, acute pain, and dysmenorrhea. Throughout its time on the market, millions of people around the world were prescribed this medication.
However, since then it has come to light that Vioxx led to a significant increase in the chances of heart attack and stroke, particularly in long-term and/or high-dose usage. Not only did studies show that this was the case, but further investigation led the FDA to learn that Merck, the manufacturer of Vioxx, made active efforts to hide the extent of these risks from doctors and patients alike. Despite knowing the dangers of this drug, they continued to promote its prescription to millions.
Whether these actions were malicious or a result of widespread oversight, they are unacceptable for a major drug company. Tens of thousands of patients had cardiovascular events while taking Vioxx, of which thirty to forty percent were likely fatal.
If you or a loved one has taken Vioxx and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.