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Unsafe medical devices allowed into global markets harm patients, investigation reveals

December 04, 2018 / Healthcare IT News

A global investigation has found that unsafe medical devices have caused 1.7 million injuries globally and almost 83,000 deaths in the last 12 years. According to The Implant Files, a year-long investigation of the manufacturers of devices by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), unsafe medical devices have been allowed into global markets as a result of poor regulatory systems, a lack of transparency and insufficiently strict rules on testing. Some of these medical devices that have caused “adverse incidents” include pacemakers, contraceptives, artificial hips and breast implants grafted into patients’ bodies. The investigation found some devices did not complete patient trials. The report stated that some pacemakers, for example, were implanted even though their manufacturers knew of problems; other devices were approved without proper regulatory procedures.