Bard PowerPort Catheter Failure Lawsuit

Did you experience serious injury after receiving an implantable Bard PowerPort catheter? If so, you may be eligible for compensation.

Patients who have been injured by the Bard PowerPort – which is widely used in chemotherapy treatments—are pursuing financial compensation for the damages they have suffered, including medical expenses, lost income, and physical and emotional distress.

Lawsuits against Bard Access Systems, Inc., and its parent company, Becton, Dickinson & Co., are being filed for failure to inform and warn patients and healthcare professionals about the potential risks associated with the Bard PowerPort. The nationwide Bard Implanted Port Catheter Lawsuit involves patients who have reported dangerous conditions, such as blood clots and serious infections, after receiving a Bard PowerPort implant.

Bard PowerPort Catheter Lawsuit Update

As of January 17, 2024 – The Bard PowerPort multidistrict litigation has grown to include 73 claims, which deal with the fracturing and dislocation of the defective polyurethane catheter tubing. Plaintiffs assert that Bard manufactured weak tubing because they used an excessively high concentration of barium sulfate to the point where it was not dispersed evenly throughout the product. These Bard PowerPort users are seeking considerable damages after their broken implants caused them to develop blood clots, infections, and other serious injuries.

As of December 26, 2023 – The Bard PowerPort MDL, located in the U.S. District Court in Arizona and overseen by Judge David G. Campbell, now includes 71 lawsuits. These cases, originally filed in various federal courts across the country, were consolidated into this MDL in September. The claims in these lawsuits are centered around similar complications experienced by plaintiffs due to the implanted port catheter system. The issues cited involve the degradation of barium sulfate particles from the Bard PowerPort, leading to device malfunctions or migration and, in some instances, particles entering the bloodstream, causing various severe health complications.


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Bard PowerPort Devices Linked to Adverse Event Injuries

Hundreds of serious adverse events involving the implantable Bard PowerPort catheter have been reported to the FDA including device fracture or infection which may result in heart attack, stroke, hemorrhage, blood clot, sepsis, necrosis, and other life-threatening events.

Bard PowerPorts are implantable catheters which are inserted underneath the skin to deliver medications and fluids into the bloodstream in patients who need frequent treatments. Bard PowerPorts have been linked to high rates of device failure which may cause serious, life-threatening complications.

Though hundreds of serious adverse events associated with Bard PowerPoint implantation and use have been reported to the FDA, Bard continues to market the devices as safe and effective.

Notwithstanding claims relating to this product, the drug/medical device remains approved by the U.S. FDA.

What Injuries Are Reported By Patients With Defective Bard PowerPorts?


Bard PowerPort Catheter devices may migrate, fracture, or cause infections resulting in:

  • Bacterial Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Cardiac arrhythmia, also known as an irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiac Punctures
  • Cardiac or Pericardial tamponade, pressure on the heart caused by too much fluid or blood
  • Death
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis, frequently referred to as DVT
  • Heart attack or myocardial infarction
  • Hematomas
  • Hemorrhages, a substantial blood loss from a damaged vessel
  • Hemothorax, or the pooling of blood between the lungs and chest wall
  • Necrosis (death of tissue)
  • Organ Damage
  • Pneumothorax, known as a collapsed lung
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary pseudoaneurysm, injured blood vessels in the heart
  • Sepsis (bloodstream infection)
  • Stroke
  • Tachycardia, an accelerated heartbeat
  • Vascular Damage

People or loved ones of those who were injured after receiving a Bard PowerPort implantable catheter may be eligible for compensation. Most of the patients who receive Bard PowerPort catheters need them to receive medical care for serious conditions such as cancer. If a catheter tube malfunctions, these already weakened patients cannot fight a new problem or infection, and they are more likely to suffer greater damage as a result. For example, cancer patients who need a power port to receive chemotherapy treatments usually have weakened immune systems, so if a defective PowerPort causes an infection, their body can’t fight back, and it could lead to a life-threatening situation.

Bard PowerPort Lawsuits Allege Failure to Warn and Defective Design Issues

To succeed in a product liability lawsuit and receive compensation for related damages, a plaintiff must prove additional requirements beyond those required in an average personal injury lawsuit. The alleged injury must be caused by a harmful defect and must be linked to:

  • A design problem
  • Improper manufacturing practices
  • Careless or negligent product distribution or
  • The manufacturer failed to warn the public about the risks and dangers associated with its product 

In the Bard PowerPort claims, plaintiffs might argue several legal theories to hold Bard Access Systems liable for the injuries caused by its product.

Bard PowerPort devices are manufactured with a material known as Chronoflex, a flexible polymer which contains barium. High concentrations of barium may result in breakdown of the polymer, resulting in fracture, degradation, fissures, and cracking of the tubing.

Bard PowerPort devices may fracture, migrate, or cause infections which result in serious injury including blood clots, heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, hemorrhage, sepsis or necrosis.


Bard manufactures a number of products in the PowerPort product line which may be linked to serious injury after device fracture or infections including:

  • Bard Power-Injectable Implantable Ports (PowerPorts®)
  • BardPort®, SlimPort®, And X-Port® Implanted Ports
  • Power-Injectable Implantable Ports With Chronoflex Polyurethane Catheters
  • PowerPort Implantable Port
  • PowerPort ClearVUE Slim Implantable Port
  • PowerPort ClearVUE isp Implantable Port
  • PowerPort Duo MRI Implanted Port With 9.5 Fr. Dual Lumen Chronoflex Polyurethane Catheter
  • PowerPort Implanted Port With Groshong Catheter
  • PowerPort MRI Implanted Port With 9.6 Fr Silicone Catheter
  • Titanium PowerPort isp Implanted Port With 6 Fr Chronoflex Polyurethane Catheter
  • Titanium PowerPort isp Implanted Port
  • PowerPort duo MRI Implantable Port

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to Handle Your Bard PowerPort Lawsuit

At Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman, LLP, we have decades of experience helping injured people recover compensation from responsible companies that manufacture and distribute dangerous medical devices. If you were injured because of a Bard PowerPort, contact Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman, LLP, and you will find a dedicated legal team who will put their experience to work for you. Call us for a free consultation today.

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