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A lack of regualtion, over treatment, and not enough reporting of incidents relating to medical devices. Here’s a snapshot of what our Asian partners found in the Implant Files.

‘I was told they were 100 percent safe:’ Breast implant stories from around the world
Sasha Chavkin · December 11, 2018

A new survey reconfirms the Implant Files investigation findings, with patients saying they were not informed of device-related risks.

Investigative Reporting: Shoe-leather, data and empathy
Sasha Chavkin · December 10, 2018

For one reporter working on the Implant Files investigation, discovering the sisterhood – and the power – of women-led patient groups was an eye-opening experience.

Looking for answers in blacked-out documents and hidden records
Scilla Alecci · December 6, 2018

How reporters fought for accountability on health risks and conflicts of interest tied to medical devices.

What is TAVR? Five takeaways from our investigation into a new heart valve device
Cat Ferguson · December 5, 2018

TAVR, or TAVI, is a heart valve replacement that can be implanted without open heart surgery – but there’s not much long-term data on the device.

‘Deeply concerned’ by Implant Files, Canada vows to strengthen medical device oversight
Sasha Chavkin · November 30, 2018

Health authorities said they will improve oversight of medical devices, after the Implant Files investigation revealed failures to protect Canadian patients.

Doctors demand to see medical device safety evidence in Europe
Simon Bowers · November 30, 2018

Senior doctors, consumer groups and transparency campaigners want manufacturers of high-risk medical devices to be forced to make safety data public.

Panama Papers: German police raid Deutsche Bank headquarters over alleged money laundering
Hamish Boland-Rudder and Will Fitzgibbon · November 29, 2018

The investigation is focused on whether Germany’s biggest bank helped clients set up offshore accounts to transfer money from criminal activities.

‘We won’t tolerate opacity’: Health officials pledge reform in Europe after Implant Files
Will Fitzgibbon · November 28, 2018

Regulators and advocates are calling for more transparency and better patient protection in response to ICIJ’s investigation into the medical devices industry.

ICIJ kicks off #GivingNewsDay with an Insiders challenge (and gift!)
Vanessa Chebli · November 27, 2018

Support independent journalism! Join our ICIJ Insiders community today and we’ll send you brand-new ICIJ and Implant Files stickers.