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.
Every year, an estimated 200,000 Americans die from adverse reactions and side effects to prescription drugs. Thousands of other Americans are seriously injured and sometimes die from adverse reactions and side effects associated with common over-the-counter medications.
Drug manufacturers pressure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve drugs quickly, before all of the data on side effects has been gathered. This “fast track” approval process generates millions of dollars for the pharmaceutical companies, at the cost of human lives.