The Implant Files, which is a global investigation that tracks the harm caused by medical devices that have been tested inadequately or not at all, analyzed more than 8 million device-related health records, including death and injury reports and recalls, and found “more than 1.7 million injuries and nearly 83,000 deaths suspected of being linked to medical devices over 10 years, and reported to the U.S. alone.”
During the same ten-year period, there were more than 26,700 medical device recalls in the United States.
The ICIJ (The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) also found 2,100 cases where people died as a result of defective medical devices but that their deaths were misclassified as malfunctions or injuries. Of those deaths, 220 could be directly linked to medical device failure (the other reports did not include enough information to determine conclusively if the medical device played a role in the patients’ deaths).
The ICIJ stated: “We probed implants that have killed, paralyzed, poisoned, shocked, burned, turned rancid inside patients’ chests and forced amputations. Our investigation tells how implants can linger in the market even as injuries and deaths mount. It reveals, too, how broken devices can be difficult, or impossible, to remove once implanted … We pored over thousands of FDA inspection records, identifying companies that failed to properly report patient harm.”
The ICIJ is a small, U.S.-based nonprofit consisting of a network of “more than 220 of the best investigative reporters from 83 countries and territories” that also partners “with more than 100 media organizations.” The ICIJ is fully funded by donations and “encourages tips, leaks and story ideas from the public, whistleblowers, as well as from outstanding investigative journalists interested in collaborating with” the ICIJ.
The ICIJ states on its website: “Truth is under attack. The time to defend it is now. Around the world, every day, facts are denied or suppressed. Government propaganda and social media armies flood the public sphere with bogus claims and partisan messages, while vilifying an already embattled free press. Misinformation is everywhere; accountability absent … By gathering massive teams of journalists from all over the world to work together on major investigative projects, ICIJ is able to expose the faults in national and international institutions that are supposed to protect us – but too often are failing. By working together, we can achieve results and impact that no single outlet could achieve on its own, and we can provide citizens around the world with the knowledge they need to hold the powerful to account.”
If you or a loved one suffered harm due to a defective medical device or implant in the United States, you should promptly consult with a medical device claim lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your defective medical device claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a medical device claim, if appropriate.
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