Healthcare

Safety data from 20 countries added to Implant Files database
Delphine Reuter, Pauliina Siniauer, Margot Williams and 3 more · November 25, 2019

The International Medical Device Database now has more than 120,000 records about faulty or even dangerous medical devices from 46 countries.

Australian Patients Win in Closely Watched Mesh Class Action
Spencer Woodman · November 21, 2019

Hundreds of Australian women who suffered from a controversial type of transvaginal mesh won a landmark class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.

Readers from 50 countries share medical implant stories
Amy Wilson-Chapman and Agustin Armendariz · November 16, 2019

ICIJ received more than 3,500 responses from people affected by the medical device industry in 50 countries, bringing to life the personal cost of implants that fail.

FDA recommends tough warnings for breast implants
Sasha Chavkin · October 23, 2019

U.S. health authorities have recommended that breast implant manufacturers provide stronger patient safety warnings.

India strengthens medical device regulation
Scilla Alecci · October 21, 2019

Nearly one year after the Implant Files, India’s health ministry plans to register and regulate medical devices the same way it does drugs.

Allergan recalls textured breast implants globally
Sasha Chavkin · July 24, 2019

Allergan will recall its Biocell textured breast implants worldwide due to their association with a rare cancer of the immune system.

European regulators poised to reveal limited implant safety data
Simon Bowers · July 2, 2019

Tens of thousands of confidential accident reports have been kept from doctors and patients every year, but some may get released.

Implant Files reporter’s own medical device ‘nightmare’
Leo Sisti · July 1, 2019

For ICIJ’s Leo Sisti the Implant Files was the beginning of a nightmare – as he struggled to find answers about his hip replacement.

FDA Releases Vast Trove of Hidden Medical Device Injury and Malfunction Reports
Ben Hallman · June 24, 2019

Manufacturers will no longer be allowed to conceal serious injuries and other malfunctions associated with implants and other medical products, from breast implants to surgical staplers from public view.

European health ministers fight to postpone medical device safety laws
Simon Bowers · June 18, 2019

Europe has been urged to extend the grandfathering period for medical devices to avert the threat to patients.