Implant Files

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with news organisations in 36 countries, including The Indian Express in India, has put under scrutiny effectively every medical device that goes into the human body. The result is Implant Files – and the findings are startling.

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Patients and victims

Investigations into faulty hip implants highlight the urgent need for a law to regulate medical devices.

Pinnacle safe, will keep you posted: Johnson & Johnson told Govt in 2011, went silent

Johnson & Johnson has claimed that there are no patients with adverse reports in India. As reported today, The Indian Express tracked down down eight patients, five men and three women, who had the Pinnacle implanted.


Johnson & Johnson says no suffering patients in India. Meet some of them

Investigating the patients' records paints a story of suffering, neglect and indifference. Of them hitting a wall when it comes to seeking justice even as they fight debilitating pain, organ damage, pseudo-tumours, the toxic effects of excess cobalt-chromium in the blood.

In US, Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay $1 billion for faulty hip implants, in India brazens it out

Johnson & Johnson has claimed in India that it has received no adverse event reports on Pinnacle. Medical records accessed by The Indian Express show otherwise.

Implant Files: New licensing terms for medical devices, govt looks to Singapore

The Indian Express investigation, conducted in association with The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), found how the first Bill to regulate medical devices was drafted 12 years ago but was still not enacted.

#ImplantFiles: Johnson & Johnson implant patients object to compensation package

While raising the objection, patients pointed to how India does not issue disability certificates for metal ion poisoning, which is the main cause of the ASR implants being termed faulty.


Implant Files: Experts panel to recommend to govt need for separate medical devices law

The investigation found that global pharma majors have been pushing medical devices — from coronary stents and pacemakers to breast and knee implants — into markets via a dubious nexus with hospitals and doctors.

First meeting today on regulating medical devices

The investigation highlighted how the first Bill to regulate medical devices was drafted 12 years ago but was still not enacted.

Implant Files: Who should own up to what

The Indian Express-ICIJ investigation has exposed the fault lines in the Indian healthcare system. The onus of action is on government because it is the single agency which can regulate both the implant manufacturers and the physicians.

#ImplantFiles: Govt’s new council on medical devices will tackle patient safety and pricing

The council was set up on December 7, days after The Indian Express published the Implant Files, a series of investigative reports on the big, medical bazaar where devices are advertised, sold, and surgically implanted across the world under regulatory systems riddled with holes.

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Eye for Detail 15: The importance of Kartarpur corridor, Implant Files and the Maratha reservation

This week we look at the importance of the Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan, why you should pay attention to the revelations from Implant Files and what the Maratha reservation could lead to.

How Johnson & Johnson pushed another 'faulty' hip implant in India

What slipped under the radar is a story of how Johnson & Johnson used a loophole in US laws to push the product into the Indian market.


Implant files: How medical devices that are recalled in the US are still in use in India

The Indian Express-ICIJ investigation finds that at least 57 medical devices, many used in critical care, were being sold in India when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clamped down on them for a range of faults over the last two years.

Implant files: Delhi's back alleys turn into operation theatres for breast implant surgeries

No one is checking the implants for safety; technicians often double up as surgeons; shame and stigma prevent patients from reporting the gruesome aftermath of what has gone wrong, an investigation by The Indian Express has found.

The Indian Express with ICIJ | Implant files: Faulty implants and basement surgeries

Implant files: An Indian Express investigation with ICIJ reveals how faulty implants and basement surgeries are putting lives at risk.