The Implant Files, a report published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), captures how doctors, hospitals and medical device manufacturers are aware of just how dangerous medical implants are. The authors point out that these medical professionals and manufacturers are often paid to turn a blind eye to the dangers that implants pose.
Some implants are perceived as modern medical marvels. While they were created to help patients live longer, pain-free lives, they are instead causing patients further injuries and are even killing them.
In fact, during the past 10 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received over 5.4 million reports of “adverse events” caused by medical implants. These events resulted in nearly 83,000 patient deaths and almost 1.7 million injuries.
An ICIJ investigation revealed that medical device manufacturers saw their revenue increase significantly from $118 billion to $400 billion between 2000 and 2018. Their researchers contend that this proves that manufacturers have the means to lobby regulators to fast-track the approval of devices that haven’t been clinically tested sufficiently to ensure that they are safe for consumers. Manufacturers also have the means to pay off injured consumers when their products fail.
Given their findings, the ICIJ set up an International Medical Devices Database (IMDD). It allows individuals who have these devices implanted in them to search for indications that they are unsafe or if a recall has been announced. So far, the database lists implants and warnings from 11 different countries.
The consortium hopes that the database will help patients perform better research on devices that they’re slated to have implanted before their surgery occurs.
Concerns over the safety of implanted medical devices arose following reports of problems with replacement hip joints, knee implants, artery stints and other devices. If you’re suffering from chronic pain or your health has deteriorated because you were implanted with one of these faulty devices, a Knoxville personal injury attorney may advise that you’re eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and damages.