Port-A-Cath, Port IV, and TIVAD Lawsuit

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Port-A-Cath, Port IV, and TIVAD Lawsuit

Totally Implantable Venous Access Devices (TIVAD)

In November 2017, Cook Medical issued an urgent medical device recall due to concerns regarding the potential for medication leakage or life-threatening injuries associated with 31,000 Vital-Port Vascular Access Systems.

The Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2018 presented concerns regarding the placement of Palpation Point Ports due to a high incidence of erosion. The presentation included photos of two patients with unsuccessful TIVAD ports as illustrations.

A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a cancer patient whose TIVAD port broke, causing medication leakage during chemotherapy. Doctors found a chemotherapy medication leakage near the port implantation.

News and Updates

Bard PowerPort Lawsuit Filed by a Woman with Blood Clots

In February 2023, a lawsuit was filed by a woman from Missouri who developed blood clots and had to have her Bard PowerPort removed via an emergency surgery only 3 weeks post-implantation.

The plaintiff, Patrice T., was implanted with a Bard PowerPort Single-Lumen ClearVue Implantable Port in March 2022 to ensure easier administration of chemotherapeutic agents for her colon cancer. Unfortunately, only about 3 weeks after the PowerPort was implanted, she was hospitalized with life-threatening blood clots (also known as a “thromboembolism”).

According to her lawsuit, the catheter on the Bard PowerPort is defective because manufacturing errors have “led to an irregular catheter surface replete with fissures, pits, and cracks.” Furthermore, “the roughened catheter surface leads to the collection and proliferation of fibrous blood products, thereby drastically increasing the risk of thromboembolism.”

The lawsuit was filed February 10, 2023, at the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Case Number 4:23-cv-00100-BP).

What Are TIVAD Ports? How Does a Chemo Port Work?

A Port-A-Cath is a medical device used by healthcare providers to quickly and easily administer medications or nutrition through a tube inserted under the skin near the chest.

Port-A-Caths are small devices that can be accessed with a needle and are helpful for patients with chronic illnesses or needing long-term infusion therapies.

The device provides a more comfortable alternative to traditional central venous lines, reducing the need for frequent punctures and handling during insertion. This device makes it easier for patients to administer and maintain their infusion therapy without having to visit the doctor’s office regularly, ultimately improving their overall quality of life.1

 What Are the Common TIVAD Complications?

Patients implanted with defective port catheters have experienced instances where pieces of the device break off while still inside their bodies. 

Potential Injuries

· Blood clots
· Breakage of the TIVAD device
· Cancer advancement when the TIVAD breaks or leaks medication, which reduces the effectiveness of chemotherapy
· Cardiac/pericardial tamponade
· Cardiac arrhythmia or symptoms similar to heart attack
· Cardiac punctures
· Cardiac/pericardial tamponade (pressure around the heart) due to fluid leakage
· Death
· Erosion of the TIVAD through the skin
· Hematoma
· Hemorrhage
· Infection
· Blood vessel laceration
· Leakage of medications and fluids into the body
· Necrosis
· Tissue, blood vessel, or organ perforation
· Removal surgery
· Sepsis
· Septum dislodgements
· Severe and persistent pain
· Dehiscence

Manufacturers are currently involved in legal actions due to the sale and use of these devices without adequate warning about their potential risks.

The medical community has become aware of these issues, and recalls are being issued for certain brands, such as the Bard PowerPort.

What to Expect in a TIVAD Lawsuit TIVAD Class Action Lawsuit/Why Is There a TIVAD Lawsuit?

The alarming surge of individuals reporting severe complications associated with TIVAD port-A-cath devices demands a swift action to hold the manufacturer accountable for their legal responsibilities.

The device has been found to have a design defect and a lower level of durability than expected, increasing the risk of failure during or after implantation. In addition, manufacturers have received complaints and warnings regarding the device’s lower quality; however, their response has been minimal. This disregard for consumer safety has led to numerous unresolved cases of preventable injuries among patients.

Some TIVAD manufacturers blame doctors for incorrect implantation, but complications due to poor product quality are more significant.

Who Is Eligible for TIVAD Lawsuits?

Patients who have suffered life-changing injuries or lost a loved one due to a broken or leaking TIVAD are eligible for a TIVAD lawsuit.

TIVADs are commonly implanted for various reasons, including the need for long-term chemotherapeutic treatments in patients with cancer, difficulty accessing veins repeatedly, alleviating pain from intravenous chemotherapy, and the need for repeated blood samples, parenteral nutrition, blood transfusions, or other intravenous medications.

Who Is Liable for Lawsuit Claims?

The manufacturer is liable for TIVAD catheter injuries due to their silicone and polyurethane compositions without any added reinforcements or additives.

TIVAD Brands

Some popular TIVAD brands of include Bard PowerPort BioFlo Port, Vortex Port by Angioflow, Power Port by Bard XCELA, Navilyst/Angiodynamics Medcomp Dignity Low Profile CT Ports, and Duo Power Port by Bard.

Port-A-Cath Settlement and Payouts

Currently, we are still studying the scope of Port-A-Cath injuries. The Port-A-Cath lawsuits aim to uncover negligence by device manufacturers, product marketers, and healthcare companies. As more lawsuits are filed, we will learn more about device-induced injuries. These factors may determine the amount you could receive from a Port-A-Cath lawsuit payout award, if eligible. Companies may choose out-of-court settlements. It is still too early to say what will happen.

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Before filing a TIVAD lawsuit, it is important to consult a lawyer who specializes in product liability cases. Winning these lawsuits requires experience. A product liability lawyer can help you get maximum compensation for your injuries.

Complaining against big pharmaceutical companies is difficult due to their powerful legal teams. A lawyer can help you win your case.

How Much Does a TIVAD Lawsuit Lawyer Cost?

TIVAD Lawsuit Lawyers do not require upfront payment. We provide complimentary consultations and only require payment if your case is successfully resolved.

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Sources:

1. https://www.hey.nhs.uk/patient-leaflet/totally-implantable-venous-access-devices-tivad-port-a-cath/

2. https://www.poncelaw.com/cases-we-handle/defective-products/port-catheter/