Implant Files

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us Crack More Panama Papers Stories
Marina Walker Guevara · March 25, 2019

A new partnership between journalists and machine learning scientists aims to enhance the investigative reporting process. Here’s what we learned so far.

What are textured breast implants and are they safe?
Sasha Chavkin · March 22, 2019

There is growing international concern over breast implant safety, particularly due to a rare cancer that occurs most often in implants with rough surfaces.

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.

French parliamentary body advocates radical overhaul of medical device market
Douglas Dalby · March 14, 2019

A French inquiry is calling for sweeping reforms of medical devices regulation in France and across Europe, branding the current system “massively dysfunctional.”

Leading manufacturer exits vaginal mesh market
Simon Bowers · March 8, 2019

One of the biggest manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants, C.R. Bard, is ending all production and marketing of the controversial products.

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.