Implant Files

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.

Australia set to join nations banning textured breast implants over cancer links
Sasha Chavkin · July 11, 2019

Australian authorities have proposed to ban or suspend 25 models of breast implants due to their association with elevated risks of a rare cancer.

Implant Files honored with multiple awards around world
Zshekinah Collier · July 4, 2019

The Implant Files won the “health and wellness” prize at the ninth annual RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism in Mumbai, the latest honor for the ICIJ-led investigation into untested and unsafe medical devices.

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.

Canada joins textured breast implants ban over cancer links
Douglas Dalby · May 29, 2019

Canada has become the latest country to halt the sale of textured breast implants linked to an increased risk of rare cancer,…

The International Medical Devices Database now covers 26 countries
Emilia Díaz-Struck and Amy Wilson-Chapman · May 15, 2019

Fresh recall and alert records from seven new countries and one territory have been added to the International Medical Devices Database.

Lessons from Inside the Implant Files
Ben Hallman and Emilia Díaz-Struck · May 6, 2019

We only scratched the surface when it came to analyzing medical device data. We want other journalists to build on our reporting. Here are some lessons we learned along the way.