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Volume 28, Issue 2 - Generics and biosimilars

Medical Devices


In the last issue, I started to share my opinion on the recently published “implant files”.1,2 As this topic could be discussed endlessly, I focused on an article in a German newspaper, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, that provided a summary about the “10 facts to know about the implant files”.3 In Part 1,2 the first five “facts” were discussed, and this part will focus on the remaining assertions, which are indicated in the subheadings below.

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  1. Implant files: Health authorities across the globe have failed to protect millions of patients from poorly tested implants, the first-ever global examination of the medical device industry reveals. [cited 2018 Dec 08]. Available at: Available from: investigations/implant-files/.
  2. Doerr B. The next medical device scandal: medical device files – my personal view (part 1). Med Writ. 2019;28:86–9.
  3. Was Sie über die Implant Files wissen müssen [cited 2018 Dec 08]. Available at: Available from: implant-files-fakten-ueberblick-1.4225363.
  4. ISO14155:2011: Clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects – Good Clinical Practice [cited 2019 Feb 22]. Available at Available from: 45557.html.
  5. Physician Payment Sunshine Act. [cited 2018 Dec 30]. Available at Available from: PhysicianvPayments_Sunshine_Act.
  6. International Physician Payments Sunshine: EFPIA Code on Transfers of Value and Inconsistencies Within European Member Associations. [cited on 2018 Dec 30]. Available at Available from:
  7. “Sunshine Act” in Europe: strengthening of transparency obligations for the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. [cited on 2019 Mar 04]. Available at Available from: news/news-detail/sunshine-act-in-europestrengthening- of-transparency-obligationsfor- the-pharmaceutical-and-medical-device -sectors.
  8. The Sun Shines on Europe. Transparency of financial relationships in the healthcare sector. [cited 2019 Mar 04]. Available at Available from: 2017/03/Sunshine-Act.pdf.
  9. Sunshine Transparency Laws, Regulations and Codes Across Europe [cited on 2019 Mar 04]. Available at Available from: https://mhesme. org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ Mapping-of-Sunshine-Laws-in-Europe.pdf
  10. Didier R, Eltchaninoff H, Donzeau-Gouge P, Chevreul K, Fajadet J, Leprince P, et al. Five-year clinical outcome and valve durability after transcatheter aortic valve replacement in high-risk patients. Circulation. 2018;138:2597–607.
  11. Sorajja P, Vemulapalli S, Feldman T, et al. Outcomes with transcatheter mitral valve repair in the United States: An STS/ACC TVT Registry report. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017;70:2315–27.
  12. Lange R, Beckmann A, Neumann T, et al. Quality of life after transcatheter aortic valve replacement: prospective data from GARY (German Aortic Valve Registry). JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2016;9:2541–54.
  13. Sarno G, Lagerqvist B, Olivecrona G, et al. Real-life clinical outcomes with everolimus eluting platinum chromium stent with an abluminal biodegradable polymer in patients from the Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Registry (SCAAR). Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2017;90:881–7.
  14. MDR2017/745. [cited on 2019 Jan 01]. Available at Available from:
  15. Zeller T, Krankenberg H, Erglis A, et al. A randomized, multi-center, prospective study comparing best medical treatment versus best medical treatment plus renal artery stenting in patients with hemodynamically relevant atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (RADAR) – one-year results of a pre-maturely terminated study. Trials. 2017;18:380. doi: 10.1186/s1306.
  16. Leon MB, Smith CR, Mack M, et al. Transcatheter aortic-valve implantation for aortic stenosis in patients who cannot undergo surgery. N Engl J Med. 2010;363:1597-607.
  17. Medical devices: European Commission calls for immediate actions – tighten controls, increase surveillance, restore confidence. [cited on 2019 Jan 10]. Available at: Available from: IP-12-119_en.htm
  18. New steps to facilitate beneficial medical device innovation [cited 2019 Jan 11]. Available at: Available from: NewsEvents/Newsroom/FDAVoices/ ucm612001.htm.



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