Healthcare

US to Investigate Health Impact of Nickel, Silicone in Medical Implants
Sasha Chavkin · March 18, 2019

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.

Belgium Investigates Medical Device Bribery Allegations In Wake Of Implant Files
Douglas Dalby · March 6, 2019

Belgian authorities are investigating allegations that surgeons received bribes to favor certain brands of medical devices, amid accusations that the practice is rife across Europe.

‘It is a big problem’: European lawmakers discuss medical device oversight
Douglas Dalby · February 28, 2019

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.

Amy Klobuchar’s Implant Industry Support Complicates Her Pro-Consumer Reputation
Spencer Woodman, Sydney P. Freedberg and Amy Forliti · February 28, 2019

The U.S. presidential hopeful has championed legislation that critics say could put medical device patients at risk.

New countries, new languages added to the International Medical Devices Database
Delphine Reuter · February 27, 2019

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.

The Implant Files Sparked Reform Around The World. Here’s Why We’re Still Reporting.
Sasha Chavkin · February 27, 2019

Since we published our first stories, regulators have vowed to fix gaps in medical device oversight. But some promises have not been backed up by action.

Video: How To Search The International Medical Devices Database
Razzan Nakhlawi and Emilia Díaz-Struck · February 27, 2019

Medical device recall and safety data from five new countries have been added to database, boosting the total number of records to more than 105,000.

Rare immune-system cancer linked for first time to buttock implant
Sasha Chavkin · February 25, 2019

U.S. plastic surgeons are reporting the diagnosis of a buttock-implant recipient with a rare cancer previously linked only to breast implants.

From the Archives: What wiped out these Central American sugarcane workers?
Razzan Nakhlawi · February 22, 2019

The cause is still a mystery but the impact of a dangerous chronic kidney disease was so overwhelming that the Nicaraguan town was rechristened the island of widows.