Renowned Cardiologist Calls for Moratorium on Use Inferior Vena Cava Filters

September 15, 2017

Rita Redberg, a Cardiologist and researcher of the regulatory process for medical devices, has called for a moratorium on the use of IVC filters. Dr. Redberg originally raised concerns about IVC filters in 2010 after the Nicholson study revealed an extremely high fracture rate for C.R. Bard's IVC filters. She noted that these devices were cleared for use without any reliable evidence supporting their safety and effectiveness.

In Dr. Redberg's most recent publication, she notes that these devices are still in wide use despite clear evidence that they cause serious harm and there still not being any reliable evidence of clinical benefit. Therefore, Dr. Redberg has called for a halt on the use of these devices unless and until such time that reliable data can be established showing that the efficacy of these products exceed their risk.

Dr. Redburg's publication in full can be accessed here: Continued High Rates of IVC Filter Use After US Food and Drug Safety Warning