Implant Files: Medical devices may have caused more than 1,000 health incidents last year – Irish Times
While there is extensive information about possible medical device failures available publicly in the US, and less so in EU member states, the Implant Files investigation has found that fewer than 20 per cent of countries globally make data available to the public on device recalls and other safety issues.
In Ireland, data about safety notices and device recalls is published on the HPRA website.
The investigation has raised concerns about devices that have been withdrawn in one country for safety reasons still being available in others.
Orthopaedic, gastroenterological, urological and cardiovascular devices show the highest level of recalls for safety reasons in the US.
An examination of millions of US adverse event reports found almost 500,000 cases where patients with implanted medical devices were getting them removed, or “explanted”.