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Bard PowerPort Lawsuit: Allegations

By Ethan Cohen, Law Clerk

Also commonly referred to as Injection Parts or Port-a-Catheters, the Bard PowerPort products at issue in these lawsuits are implantable vascular access devices designed to administer intravenous therapies including medications, fluids and parenteral nutrition without having to repeatedly access a peripheral vein.[1]

There have been at least ten civil actions filed against Bard for injuries caused by their PowerPort implant devices. These cases rest on a common set of facts and share essential characteristics with each other.[2]

Each of the claims alleges that:

  1. The Plaintiff was implanted with the Bard PowerPort which consists of an injection reservoir and a flexible, polymeric catheter;
  2. The catheter component of the PowerPort devices was manufactured to include a radiopacity agent called barium sulfate, which is known to reduce the material integrity of the catheter when it is not encapsulated, coated or otherwise separated from the catheter surface;
  3. The loss of exposed barium sulfate particles from the catheter surface leaves microfractures, fissures, and other alterations to the polymeric structure which potentiated one or more of the injuries common to these devices: catheter fracture, catheter infection, and thromboembolism;
  4. Bard misrepresented the safety of the port devices;
  5. Bard negligently designed, marketed, distributed, and sold these devices;
  6. Bard knew or should have known that these port devices were not safe for the patients to whom they were prescribed and in whom they were implanted because once implanted, the devices were prone to catheter fracture, bacterial colonization, potentiation of thromboembolism, and otherwise malfunctioning and causing serious injury; and
  7. Strict liability claims that these devices were defective and unreasonably dangerous and lacked proper warnings.[3]

If you or a loved one has experienced complications resulting from a Bard PowerPort device, you may be eligible for compensation.

Please contact the New York attorneys at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman for a free consultation today. Our experienced team has over 50 years of experience with defective medical devices and medical malpractice cases.


[2] Id.

[3] Id.

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