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.

IMPACT

US to Investigate Health Impact of Nickel, Silicone in Medical Implants

By Sasha Chavkin

The FDA has announced a fresh probe into adverse patient reactions to materials used in breast implants, metal-on-metal hips and birth control coil Essure.
IMPACT

‘It is a big problem’: European lawmakers discuss medical device oversight

By Douglas Dalby

Europe should force medical equipment companies to set up a fund to help victims of faulty devices as part of a complete overhaul of legislation governing the industry, a parliamentary committee heard.
SAFETY CHECK

Video: How To Search The International Medical Devices Database

By Razzan Nakhlawi and Emilia Díaz-Struck

Medical device recall and safety data from five new countries have been added to database, boosting the total number of records to more than 90,000.

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

US ELECTION

Amy Klobuchar’s Implant Industry Support Complicates Her Pro-Consumer Reputation

By Spencer Woodman, Sydney P. Freedberg and Amy Forliti

IMPACT

Germany moves on implant registry

By Douglas Dalby

WITHOUT WARNING

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

By Spencer Woodman and Razzan Nakhlawi

BREAST IMPLANTS

Allergan Faces Fresh Woes As Investors Sue

By Sasha Chavkin

TRANSPARENCY

How medical device harm is concealed

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