The International Medical Device Database now has more than 120,000 records about faulty or even dangerous medical devices from 46 countries.
Hundreds of Australian women who suffered from a controversial type of transvaginal mesh won a landmark class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.
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.
Allergan will recall its Biocell textured breast implants worldwide due to their association with a rare cancer of the immune system.
Tens of thousands of confidential accident reports have been kept from doctors and patients every year, but some may get released.
For ICIJ’s Leo Sisti the Implant Files was the beginning of a nightmare – as he struggled to find answers about his hip replacement.
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.
Europe has been urged to extend the grandfathering period for medical devices to avert the threat to patients.