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A place for advocates and patients harmed by medical devices to come together, Medical Device Problems (MDP) has established itself as a united coalition for change. The goal is to “improve the safety and efficacy of all medical devices and advocate for better approval processes and post-market surveillance.” The Medical Device Problems website provides multiple methods for taking action against the lack of transparency surrounding medical device safety, including filing citizen petitions, researching device news, creating Facebook groups and lobbying congress members on specific issues.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is a U.S.-based nonprofit that partners with more than 100 media organizations to inform the world at large. With a global network of over 220 investigative journalists in 80 countries, the organization seeks to empower readers “to engage with their local communities about issues of global importance, such as broken systems and abuses of power.” By delivering the truth to globally-conscious readers, the ICIJ hopes to yield positive change through social impact journalism. Most recently, the ICIJ has executed the in-depth reporting project The Implant Files, in addition to covering breast implants and transvaginal mesh.
A ground-breaking documentary that debuted on Netflix in July 2018, The Bleeding Edge brings attention to the $400 billion medical device industry and the ugly truth behind the lack of transparency. Academy Award-nominated investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering turned their sights to lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, heartbreaking personal stories, and financially-driven incentives that put regularly many patients at risk. The documentary also explores Bayer’s permanent birth control device Essure, vaginal mesh, the Da Vinci Surgical System and cobalt hip replacements.
Public Citizen is a non-profit, consumer rights advocacy group and think tank founded in 1971. The group’s goal is to “ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.” Public Citizen has five policy groups, including the Congress Watch division, the Energy Program, Global Trade Watch, the Health Research Group, and the Litigation Group with offices in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas.
Founded in 2009 and based in Los Angeles, California, FairWarning is a non-profit investigative news organization focusing on public health and safety. The organization revives the waning role of the media watchdog, publishing in-depth and hard-hitting investigations that bring attention to government accountability. FairWarning works to provide time-intensive, non-partisan news.
Consumer Reports is a non-profit focusing on safe products, ensuring fair market practices and informing consumers to make their own choices. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports offers unbiased research, journalism, public education, advocacy, and product testing and ratings. The organization works to ensure transparency, directly interacting with manufacturers suspected of misconduct. The group’s reach includes Consumer Reports Magazine, ConsumerReports.org, and Consumers Union, among other publications. The network includes 50 labs and a 327-acre automotive testing track.
As a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics works to eliminate harmful chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. Founded in 2004, the group spreads awareness about dangerous cosmetic chemicals in order to promote public education, engagement, and overall health. The coalition has succeeded in pushing the cosmetic industry toward ingredient transparency, and has made progress in limiting the use of cancer-causing toxins.
Medscape is a medical library that includes breaking news, business updates, and expert perspectives. Dedicated to healthcare professionals worldwide, the publication works to improve public health by offering clinical resources, and drug and disease information. Founded in 1995, the database includes more than 8,000 prescription and over-the-counter drug monographs, FDA information, and 200 conference writings and personal consultants.
The United States National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library. Founded in 1836, the National Library of Medicine is a far-reaching medical database searched billions of times each year by millions of people. The organization coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics, and health information technology. The campus is located in the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.