IVC Filter Use Falls As Lawsuits Increase

A recent study found a direct connection between legal activity and less-frequent use of dangerous IVC filters.

The most significant decline occurred in heavy litigation areas, according to Dr. Ketan Patel of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Between 1993 and 2010, IVC filter implants increased almost 10 percent a year; after 2010, when the Food and Drug Administration issued a stern warning and lawsuits began to pile up, IVC filter use fell by more than 7 percent annually.

SSDI And Gun Control: An Unlikely Tandem

Some Congressional Republicans feel like eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance should not mean ineligibility to own firearms. In the wake of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, former President Barack Obama spearheaded a rule that required the Social Security Administration to report recipients to the FBI. Because this information appeared as negative data in background checks, the rule effectively denied these individuals the right to purchase a firearm. Earlier, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the regulation by a wide margin. In the Senate, lawmakers used the Congressional Review Act to reverse the rule; under...

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