Implant Files

Europe Has A Chance To Force Medical Device Companies To Make Safety Data Public
Simon Bowers · December 21, 2018

A quick comparison of how Europe and the United States monitor medical device safety differently – and how those differences highlight Europe’s weaknesses.

Canada acts on Implant Files
Fergus Shiel · December 20, 2018

Health Canada has announced a three-pronged medical device safety overhaul in response to the Implant Files investigation.

How medical device harm is concealed
Sasha Chavkin · December 19, 2018

The Implant Files identified three critical failures that lead to underreporting of patient harm from implanted devices of all kinds.

How ICIJ Used Machine Learning Algorithms To Help Find Medical Device Issues
Emilia Díaz-Struck and Rigoberto Carvajal · December 19, 2018

Using algorithms and careful analysis, ICIJ screened millions of records and found cases where patients had died, but the incident hadn’t been reported as a death.

The International Medical Device Database grows as ICIJ adds two more countries
Emilia Díaz-Struck and Amy Wilson-Chapman · December 19, 2018

Readers can now search more than 76,000 records relating to medical devices in 13 countries.

Allergan Textured Breast Implant Sales Halted in Europe Amid Safety Controversy
Simon Bowers and Hamish Boland-Rudder · December 19, 2018

A specific type of Allergan breast implant that has been linked to an emerging form of cancer has been recalled in Europe, French authorities announced on Tuesday.

‘Health is not always sexy for journalists. Why not?’
Will Fitzgibbon · December 18, 2018

Peru’s Fabiola Torres had a deeply personal reason to start reporting on the health industry, but it is her ‘curious’ nature that keeps her going.

Are women more likely to be harmed by medical device failures?
Ben Hallman · December 17, 2018

Time and again, our Implant Files reporting led us to devices made for women, and to women who were injured when an implant fractured, ruptured, triggered an autoimmune reaction or otherwise didn’t work as intended.

Implant Files in Asia: Regulation and transparency on medical devices remains patchy while patients suffer
Scilla Alecci · December 12, 2018

A lack of regualtion, over treatment, and not enough reporting of incidents relating to medical devices. Here’s a snapshot of what our Asian partners found in the Implant Files.