An ICIJ Investigation

Implant Files

Health authorities across the globe have failed to protect millions of patients from poorly tested implants, the first-ever global examination of the medical device industry reveals.

  • Medical devices improve and save lives, but governments have allowed products on the market with little or no human testing that went on to cause great harm
  • Devices pulled off the market in some countries over safety concerns remain for sale in others
  • The device industry, and the regulators that oversee it struggle to quickly identify hazardous implants after they are released, leaving patients exposed
  • Manufacturers, doctors, and others potentially linked more than 1.7 million injuries and nearly 83,000 deaths to medical devices in reports to U.S. regulators over the last decade
  • Some of the highest-profile controversies in recent years involve products marketed to women, including contraceptive coils, vaginal mesh, and breast implant

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