Oversight Lacking for Implanted Medical Devices in Canada

November 28th, 2018
Defective Medical Devices Canada

While millions of Canadians rely on surgically implanted medical devices, a recent investigation has discovered many surgical implants lack significant scientific evidence to prove their safety and efficacy. A detailed article on the report and its findings is available here.

Data from Health Canada indicates pacemakers, insulin pumps, hip replacements, and other devices have contributed to over 14,000 injuries—and as many as 1,416 deaths. Between 2008 and 2018, Health Canada received the following injury reports:

  • 213 Over-the-Counter Glucose Tests
  • 220 Synthetic Surgical Mesh Implants
  • 284 Non-Insulin Infusion Pumps
  • 295 Transvaginal Mesh/Bladder Slings
  • 296 Metal Head Hip Replacements
  • 361 Intravenous Filters (IVFs)
  • 896 Surgically Implanted Pacemakers
  • 922 Implanted Ports or Catheters
  • 929 Acetabular Hip Replacements
  • 1918 Insulin Infusion Pumps

Transvaginal Mesh

In October 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the agency had received more than 1,000 reports of adverse reactions involving mesh from nine separate manufacturers. In 2011—after receiving another 2,800 reports—the FDA strengthened their warning, telling doctors mesh erosion and other serious complications were not rare.

Surgical Hip Replacements

In 2008, Zimmer issued a warning to surgeons in the United States regarding their Durom Cup hip implant. The warning advised doctors to stop implanting the device until they received additional training—and noted the FDA had temporarily suspended sales. In 2016, the company settled three class-action lawsuits in Canada which involved hundreds of victims.

A Searchable Database

Using information obtained by Health Canada, CBC News has developed a searchable database of incidents reported since 1977. Users can search by product name, manufacturer, device type, or health concern. The database will return information on reported injuries, recalls, and deaths.

Let Us Help Make It Right

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