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  • The Implant Files

    For decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s medical-device approval system has allowed defective implants to spill onto the market, like contaminated water from a broken pipe. Many of those products have remained on hospital shelves, and in patient bodies, long after problems were known. On Sunday, November 25, 2018, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Associated Press, the NBC News investigative unit and partners around the world published a yearlong investigation that shows regulators bowing to industry pressure to rush approvals, lower safety standards and cloak critical information, and the consequences: a string of grisly accidents that have left hundreds of thousands disfigured, disabled or dead.
  • ICIJ_NBC_AP_Partners: Implant Files

    Implant Files, the largest-ever collaborative health care investigation, sparked reforms by U.S. authorities by exposing the dark side of a global industry that pressures regulators to speed approvals, lower safety standards and cloak information, resulting in a string of grisly accidents that have left hundreds of thousands of patients disfigured, disabled or dead.
  • Hips Gone Bad

    The New York Times uncovered and chronicled the widespread failure of one of the most widespread failure of one of the most commonly used medical implants- the artificial hips that are used in some 250,000 Americans annually. Using data from overseas implant registries and scientific studies, the New York Times shows that a generation of widely-used hips known as "metal-on-metal" implants was failing soon after the implant, crippling some patients in the process.
  • Stealing From the Dead

    This story tells the exclusive inside story of an Indianapolis business man who purchased a funeral home in New York where funeral home workers are accused of raiding the cadavers entrusted to their care. It exposed delays by the King County Prosecutor's office in its investigation of the case. The federal government also failed. FDA records reveal years of violations cited against the tissue processor in this case, but the FDA leveled no clear sanctions until it finally launched the nation's largest human tissue recall.The oversight lapses allowed 1900 pieces of potentially unscreened tissue into hospital operating rooms across the country. The story uncovers the first Indiana patient to test postitive for a potentially life threatening disease after receiving an implant from the recalled batch.
  • Do No Harm -- A Dateline Special

    Dateline NBC investigated the actions and conduct of Sulzer Orthopedics, a leading producer of hip and knee implants worldwide. A major flaw in their manufacturing process triggered one of the most devastating medical device recalls in recent times. Not only did Sulzer mislead the public, but the company withheld key facts from the Food and Drug Administration. After the recall, the company began to recycle the faulty hip devices and put them back on the market.
  • Foreign Objects

    A Star-Ledger investigation revealed that "while implants save or improve the lives of millions of people, thousands suffer in pain, disfigurement, immobility and, in some cases, death. The multimillion-dollar medical implant industry is supposed to be overseen by the Food and Drug Administration, but in fact it is regulated so laxly that devices often reach the market without clinical testing and with little oversight afterwards."
  • Mass Tort Makeover?

    "After years of litigation and billions of dollars in payments, the lessons from class action lawsuits over silicone breast implants may be just what critics need to make their case for reform," reports the ABA journal.
  • Beauty and the breast: the implant controversy continues

    The investigation found that Mentor, one of the two biggest companies in implant business may have knowingly allowed faulty breast implants onto the market, forcing women in both countries to go under needless surgeries. Canadian women were applying for long-term disability because the implants had made them too sick to work. Women from four provinces-Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia had filed class-action suits against Health Canada.
  • Arthritis: What it is, why you get it and how to stop the pain

    A Newsweek analysis looks at arthritis as one of the most wide-spread and dangerous diseases of our time, since "this year American surgeons will perform as many as 266,000 total knee replacements and 160,000 artificial hip implants." The story describes the main types of arthritis, and lists some advantages and disadvantages of the medicines used to treat them. The article reveals that "injuries that appear to heal perfectly well sometimes have devastating effects decades later." The main conclusion is that "with new warnings out about the best available pain relief, treating it is more complicated than ever."
  • Could Breast Implants Make You Sick?

    This story investigates saline breast implants. In a small percentage of cases, some of the "fluid-filled sacs" have become contaminated with mold and bacteria causing dangerous health problems to the wearer.