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.

Implant Files News

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.


#ImplantFiles: Compensation formula devised without due consultations, say faulty JJ implant patients

The patients in an open letter Union Health Minister J P Nadda said it will be "necessary" to hear their views in order to arrive at a compensation formula which is "just and fair" to the affected.

#ImplantFiles: Diagnostic labs buy used machines; no checks by regulator, testing is voluntary

The bulk of these second-hand equipment — from flexible endoscopes to MRI machines — are sold online by third-party traders, ill-equipped to provide reliable maintenance services.

Explained Snippets | Breast implants: massive surge in adverse reports since 2017

A study by ICIJ has found that in reports from several countries submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration, there has been an upsurge in adverse events relating to breast implants in the past two years.

#ImplantFiles: Law on medical devices has waited 12 years

NITI Aayog meeting notes it will bring in ‘more control, curb growth’

Implant Files Videos

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.