Implant Files

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 90,000.

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.

Britain Considers Medical Implants Registry to Improve Patient Safety
Simon Bowers · February 21, 2019

The call for a new register comes after the Implant Files exposed weaknesses in the regulation of medical devices implanted in patients across Europe.

How I ended up with my own medical device while investigating the Implant Files
Colm Keena · February 20, 2019

In the course of ICIJ’s global investigation into the implants industry, three of the journalists working on the project had a medical device implanted – including yours truly.

Experts Weigh Whether Vaginal Mesh Should Be Pulled From US Market
Sasha Chavkin · February 12, 2019

Women who suffered serious harm and scientists who conducted research for industry offered conflicting testimony to an expert panel reviewing mesh safety.

How a women-led news organization is holding the powerful to account in Brazil
Sasha Chavkin · February 11, 2019

Brazil’s Natalia Viana co-founded Agência Pública, a women-led investigative news outlet that focuses on human rights, gender equality and abuses of corporate and government power.

French inquiry urges ban of popular breast implant but balks at blanket prohibition
Sasha Chavkin and Douglas Dalby · February 8, 2019

A committee convened by France’s medical device safety authority has stopped short of calling for the total removal of textured breast implants.

Germany moves on implant registry
Douglas Dalby · February 4, 2019

The German Government has proposed legislation to create a national register to improve controls on medical implants just two months after the Implant Files was first published.

Implant tourism leaves patients in pain and far from their surgeon
Will Fitzgibbon · January 28, 2019

Medical tourism operators are luring patients to Africa for operations that leave them in crippling pain and with little more than WhatsApp messages for support.