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.

WITHOUT WARNING

Patients Across The World Outraged By Failure To Inform Them Of Device Dangers

By Spencer Woodman and Razzan Nakhlawi

More than 2,000 patients around the world say they were not warned about the potential harm related to their medical implant.
IMPACT

Allergan Textured Breast Implant Sales Halted in Europe Amid Safety Controversy

By Simon Bowers and Hamish Boland-Rudder

A specific type of Allergan breast implant that has been linked to an emerging form of cancer has been recalled in Europe, French authorities announced on Tuesday.
TRANSPARENCY

How medical device harm is concealed

By Sasha Chavkin

The Implant Files identified three critical failures that lead to underreporting of patient harm from implanted devices of all kinds.

Implant Files: An Introduction

By ICIJ.org

Patients around the world have become unwitting test subjects for new medical technology. Often following the trusted advice of their doctors, they have been injured, maimed and killed by poorly-tested implants.

In this investigation

IMPACT

Germany moves on implant registry

By Douglas Dalby

BREAST IMPLANTS

Allergan Faces Fresh Woes As Investors Sue

By Sasha Chavkin

KEY FACTS

Everything You Need to Know About the Implant Files

By Hilary Fung and Antonio Cucho Gamboa

CONFRONTING THE UNKNOWN

Experts Warn Expanded Heart Valve Use Risks Patient Safety

By Cat Ferguson and Petra Blum

THE MEDTRONIC WAY

Medtech Giant Pushes Boundaries As Casualties Mount And Sales Soar

By Sydney P. Freedberg and Scilla Alecci

COST OF REVOLUTION

Patient Hopes Rise And Fall As An Industry Balances Progress And Profit

By Dean Starkman and Delphine Reuter

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL DEVICES DATABASE

New Database Tracks Faulty Medical Devices Across The Globe

By Emilia Díaz-Struck

Implant Files

Video: Meet The Patients With Defective Devices

By Razzan Nakhlawi

Implant Files

Video: Why Join The Implant Files Investigation?

By Razzan Nakhlawi