"The Implant Files" Report Says Medtronic Linked to 9,300 Deaths

A new report says Medtronic may be linked to as many as 9,300 deaths in the US alone, in addition to an estimated 292,000 injuries .

According to the report, produced by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), one in five medical implants implementing Medtronic products has proven faulty, twice that of other competing companies.

The report, entitled "The Implant Files," which studied data in 36 countries, revealed that authorities in Japan and Norway have also named Medtronic as the single largest source of medical complaints over the past five years.

They concluded that 1 in 5 implants using Medtronic products were problematic. I'm ashamed to read this because I truly thought Medtronic was better than this.

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1 in 5 Medtronic implants are problematic? I haven't read the report....what type of Medtronic implant were they using? In my time in the field on the cardiac side, in no way have I seen this amount of problems. If a surgeon I worked with had this amount of trouble then they wouldn't use the products I sell. They would move on to another company.

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"Fake News" has never been more appropriate.

This news story will **** over and it will be an after thought by next week. It isn't fake news but rational doctors and hospital decision makers will not let it affect their decision making. Medtronic revenue will not be affected even a little.

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This news story will **** over and it will be an after thought by next week. It isn't fake news but rational doctors and hospital decision makers will not let it affect their decision making. Medtronic revenue will not be affected even a little.

Just wait till the major restructuring next year as Medtronic takes a closer look at how they do business. You've already seen it with the value based business models being implemented. Omar is all about making Medtronic looking good and rumor has it he is very embarrassed about the article and how it makes the company look. You can turn a blind eye if you want but the fallout will come.

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Just wait till the major restructuring next year as Medtronic takes a closer look at how they do business. You've already seen it with the value based business models being implemented. Omar is all about making Medtronic looking good and rumor has it he is very embarrassed about the article and how it makes the company look. You can turn a blind eye if you want but the fallout will come.

Has it ever occurred to you all out there that almost all of the problems in this industry are started in the sales organization? If you’re honest, it shouldn’t be a surprise that commission based positions are being eliminated for clinical roles. Sales people screw up everything.

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"Fake News" has never been more appropriate.

This story has to be fake otherwise Medtronic wouldn't have been named one of America's best corporate citizens in 2018 by Forbes.

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"Fake News" has never been more appropriate.

Advamed thinks it's fake news.

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Advamed thinks it's fake news.

Would you expect AdvaMed to take a stance against one of the biggest (or biggest) medical device companies on the planet?

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This story has to be fake otherwise Medtronic wouldn't have been named one of America's best corporate citizens in 2018 by Forbes.

Forbes???? Hahahahaha! Certainly not the Bible. Their parameters are based more on profit and happy employees.

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Would you expect AdvaMed to take a stance against one of the biggest (or biggest) medical device companies on the planet?

better look who owns the comp

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better look who owns the comp

Wow, this is truly a "game changer". I have written an article on the device (for my class), below. However, after reading new information about what has transpired, certainly raises concerns, although anytime there are electronics involved, there is alway an unfortunate chance of negative impacts. Sad

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The healthcare industry faces more changes and challenges than any other business, and being centered around patient care,must be able to meet and assist with improving the lives of their patients. Patients who are diagnosed with a chronic illness and/or disease often finds it difficult to accept and display optimism with future care. As of 2015, the American Diabetes Association reported the following information regarding the disease (“American Diabetes Association”, 1995-2019):

  • 9.4% (30.3 million) of the population in the United States are diagnosed with the disease, with 1.25 million of the population being adults and children (Type 1).
  • 1.5 million cases are diagnosed each year
  • 7.2 million people go undiagnosed
  • 84.1 million Americans (18 or older), experienced prediabetes

In the United States, diabetes is the 7th major case of death, and by empowering those diagnosed with education on the disease, proper nutrition and exercise, along with medication management, can patients live a healthy lifestyle with the disease. Type 1 diabetes results when a person’s blood glucose is too low or does not have enough insulin to sustain, thus resulting in the use of medication (insulin), involving the use of a needle. A breakthrough in healthcare technology has developed by construction of a medical device called “The Artificial Pancreas Device System” (“U.S. Food and Drug Administration”, 2018), which automatically delivers insulin to a person’s body, helping to regulate their blood sugar (glucose).

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the first hybrid closes loop system called the “Medtronic MiniMed 670G System was introduced on September 28, 2016 ‘U.S. Food and Drug Administration”, 2018), that monitors the glucose level of its user and self-regulates insulin to the user, as needed. A uniqueness of this device is that it also stops the delivery of insulin when it detects that the users blood sugar (glucose) is too low. Because of its effectiveness with people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, this device now serves the same effectiveness with those having Type 2 diabetes (“National Institute for Health Research”, 2015).

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American Diabetes Association (1995-2019). Retrieved from http://diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/

National Institute for Health Research (2015). Retrieved from https://discover.dc.nihr.ac.uk/content/signal-000675/type-2-diabetes-control-improves-with-artificial-pancreas

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2018). Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/consumer-products/artificial-pancreas-device-system

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